Police investigating two assaults in Hatfield this week have arrested a man in connection with the alleged offences this evening (Friday June 6).
Â The man, whose age has not yet been established, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault following police inquiries made tonight. He is currently in police custody.
Â The arrest relates to two incidents.Â The first alleged incident occurred on a footpath between Lemsford Lane and St Albans Road West, near to the junction with St Peters Close at 10pm on Monday (June 2). A woman, aged 20, was approached from behind by a man who struck her to the head and sexually assaulted her. She pushed him off and he then ran away.
Â The second incident allegedly occurred in St Albans Road East at 10.10pm on Wednesday (June 4). The victim, who was also aged 20, was walking through a footpath close to St Lukeâ€™s Church listening to music using her earphones, when a man grabbed her, tripped her over, causing her to fall to the ground and sexually assaulted her. The victim shouted for help and he ran off.
Â Despite the arrest, police are still keen to speak to anyone who has any information about either of these incidents.
Â Detective Superintendent Pete Fulham said: â€œI would like to speak to anyone who believes they may have witnessed these incidents or has been approached by a man in the area in similar circumstances to contact us.â€
Â Anyone with information is asked to contact the local crime unit at Hatfield Police Station via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101, quoting Operation Berliner. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously onÂ 0800 555 111.