POLICE are appealing for information following a number of incidents in the same area of Burnley where a man approached women from behind and slapped them on the bottom.
On Thursday, November 10th, a 45-year-old woman was jogging along Padiham Road near St Joseph’s School around 7 p.m. when a man came up from behind and smacked her on the bottom.
In a similar incident, a 19-year-old woman was walking along Ighten Road as it turns into Hargrove Avenue between 5-45 p..m and 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 3rd, when a male approached her from behind and slapped her.
During the same time period on the same night, a 24-year-old woman was walking alone in Watt Street when she was also slapped from behind.
The man involved in the first two incidents is white, in his mid to late teens and of slim build.
In the first incident he wearing a navy hooded top with the hood up and lighter coloured trousers, possibly khaki. In the second incident he was wearing a black leather type jacket and dark bottoms.
Det. Insp. Derry Crorken said: “We do believe these incidents could be connected and would appeal to anybody who has any information about them to contact police.
“I am also keen to hear from any other women who this may have happened to in the area. These are very concerning incidents and we need to find the person responsible.”
Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.