Cambridge has seen a number of serious sexual assaults in recent days, prompting police to urge caution amongst Cambridge students and residents.
On the evening of Friday 17th October three women were assaulted separately in the city centre. These assaults are reported to have taken place near the Grand Arcade, Mill Road and Jesus Green. Detectives are currently keeping an open mind, and have not ruled out the possibility that these three attacks may have been linked. They are also open to the possibility that more than one individual may have been involved.
In the early hours of Sunday 26 October, a man was seriously sexually assaulted by three men. The incident is thought to have taken place between 2am and 5am on Christ’s Pieces, which was subsequently cordoned off. The men are described as being of Middle Eastern appearance with dark black hair.
A spokesperson for the Cambridgeshire police force stated "We would urge people to take general safety precautions such as walking in groups late at night and keeping to well-lit areas."
Speaking to The Cambridge Student, City Councillor Daniel Ratcliffe also urged caution. "One of these attacks is one too many, and despite Cambridge being a relatively low crime area, this recent spate of assaults is worrying." He called on the County Council to "do better" with street lighting and visible policing.
In the meantime, he advised students "to stick to the better lit paths where possible and to remain vigilant."
These cases come just days after it was revealed that there has been a 25% increase in reported rapes in Cambridgeshire. Over 1000 victims have contacted the police in the past four years.
Police are appealing for information in connection with all of the above cases. Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101 or information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, the following support services are available.
Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre: 01223 245888
Linkline: 01223 744444
Samaritans: 08457 909090