Police hunting boy, 15, who targeted young girls in linked sex attacks in Peckham park

POLICE are hunting a 15-year-old boy who targeted young girls in two linked sex attacks in a park in London.

The first girl, who is aged under 13, was approached by the teen in Peckham Rye Park on New Year's Eve.

He exposed himself to her before trying to sexually assault the youngster.

Luckily she managed to scare him off by screaming, police said.

The second victims – also aged under 13 – were targeted in the same park on March 2 at around 4pm.

He performed a sex act on himself in front of the two girls after exposing himself.

Police are now linking the two attacks and say the boy was aged around 15 years old.

He is described as having black wavy or curly hair and is 5ft 2ins to 5ft 4ins tall.

The suspect was wearing a brown or black padded jacket, black trousers and black shoes in the first attack.

He had a black hooded top with a white circle on the shoulder and white draw strings on in the second along with grey tracksuit bottoms.

The victims are being supported by specially trained officers.

Detective Inspector Richard Poynter said: “I understand that incidents of this nature are both shocking and concerning for the local community.

"I want to reassure local residents that since these two offences were reported to us we have increased uniformed patrols in and around the park.

“If you have any information about who this person could be it is imperative that you get in touch with us as soon as possible. Likewise if you have observed a young man acting suspiciously in the park matching the description given please make contact.”

If you have any information call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC providing the reference cad 5015 of 2 March or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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