Friday, February 08, 2013

Police investigate animal semen spray suspect

Police are investigating two incidents in Bury, Lancahire, where teenage girls discovered a white sticky substance on their clothing. Tests are currently underway to identify the substance – believed to be semen. Officers have said the attacks may be linked to a series of similar incidents in the town three years ago where girls were found to have been sprayed or smeared with animal ejaculate.

They are now reviewing the original investigation in the light of two girls complaining of finding the substance after being approached by a man in Unsworth. The first incident took place  at around 4.30pm on Friday, January 11, and the latest on Harris Drive at about 8.15am on Tuesday. The victims have described the offender as a white man aged between 20 and 40-years-old and between 5ft 9in and 5ft 10in tall.

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Detective Chief Inspector Sara Wallwork said: “Due to the similar nature of these incidents, we are considering the possibility that they are linked although we are keeping an open mind. We are well aware that these incidents are very similar to a serious of incidents in Bury three years ago. Understandably there will be concerns due to the similarity. We are taking these incidents very seriously and together with the local authority we are engaging with local schools.

“We are reviewing the original investigation and keeping an open mind as to the possibility that the same man may be responsible. I ask anyone with information that may help this investigation to please call us.” In four incidents between November 2009 and January 2010 schoolgirls discovered they had been smeared with animal semen on their skirt or tights after being approached in Unsworth, Whitefield, Prestwich and Bury town centre. In each report, the offender was described as being a white man, aged between 25 and 35 and was carrying a bag.

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