Witness appeal to catch serial stabber

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THREE women have been injured after being stabbed by a man in separate incidents on Monday (4/4).

The first incident took place at approximately 2.15am, when a 47-year-old woman was stabbed in the leg by a man as she walked on the bridge at Wandsworth Place, Bradwell Common near the YMCA.

The second happened at approximately 8.45am, in an underpass on Saxon Gate East near the city centre. A 41-year-old woman was stabbed in the leg by a man as she walked to work near the job centre.

Both victims received cuts to their legs and required hospital treatment.

The third incident took place in Cleavers Avenue, Conniburrow at around 1.45pm as the 58-year-old female victim cycled towards the city centre. She was stabbed in the arm and left with minor injuries.

Neighbourhood teams have now increased patrols in those areas as a result of the attacks and neighbourhood teams will be handing out flyers asking for witnesses to come forward and offering safety advice.

Detective Inspector, Neil Dodds, investigating the incidents, said: “All three attacks were entirely unprovoked and we are treating the incidents extremely seriously.

“Although none of the women have been seriously injured, they have been left distressed and I would appeal to anyone who has seen anyone acting suspiciously to contact us.

“We believe all three attacks are linked and our officers are working hard to get a description of the offender.

“In the meantime, I would urge women to stay to well-populated areas and, if possible, walk with friends or family.”

Anyone with information should contact DI Dodds on 0845 8 505 505 or if you wish to give information, but not your name, contact the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.