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Boy, 11, arrested after after indecent assaults in Bristol

The incidents happened between 20 March and 25 March in Bristol, Somerset  (PA Archive)
The incidents happened between 20 March and 25 March in Bristol, Somerset (PA Archive)

An 11-year-old boy has been arrested after a string of assaults on four women and a teenage girl across five days in Bristol.

The incidents happened in the Redcliffe and Montpelier areas of the city between Wednesday 20 March and Monday 25 March.

A woman and a teenage girl were indecently assaulted and three other women were approached by someone with a knife, Somerset Police said.

Officers attended each scene but the offender had already fled the area. The assaults are being treated as linked due to the location and descriptions of the offender given by the women.

The boy was taken into custody on Monday 1 April before being released on bail with conditions to stay at home between 7pm and 7am.

A public appeal for witnesses to any of the incidents and for any footage which could help officers was issued on Tuesday 26 March.

Police urged anyone with information to phone 101 and give the call handler the reference 5224072591.

Acting chief inspector Tom Gent said: “We continue to carry out inquiries into each of these incidents and remain open-minded as to whether they are linked.

“The individual we have arrested is a child and we have interviewed him alongside an appropriate adult to see if he has any information about the incidents which could help our investigation. We are also engaging with our statutory partners as part of our safeguarding responsibilities.

“The nature of the offences is concerning and officers continue to target their patrols to provide reassurance and to act as a deterrent.”