Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton sex attack suspect Mohammed Islam hunted

Mohammed Islam
Image caption Mohammed Islam has been on the run since failing to answer bail in May

A suspected serial sex attacker is being hunted by detectives in connection with a string of assaults on lone women in Southampton.

Mohammed Islam, 22, was arrested in March and questioned on suspicion of at least four sex attacks in the city.

But Mr Islam failed to answer bail in May and has not been seen at his home in Milford on Sea since.

Police say Mr Islam, who was granted a student visa to study at Opal College in London, may be in the capital.

Mr Islam, who never attended the college, was staying in a property above an Indian restaurant in Milford on Sea where he worked for five months.

He is known to have worked in a number of Indian restaurants in Southampton and the New Forest.

Patrols stepped up

In March The University of Southampton and Hampshire police encouraged students not to walk home alone at night, following a spate of attacks in the city.

Officers stepped up patrols and made investigations into whether or not the attacks were linked.

In one attack, which occurred at about 07:00 GMT on 29 February outside the Matalan store in Havelock Road, the victim was grabbed and sexually assaulted.

There were further attacks in the city and Portswood areas which involved women aged in their 20s.

Det Sgt Matt Taylor said: "Some of the victims have been badly affected. Some, but not all, were students and most were aged in their late teens to early 20s."

Mr Islam speaks English with a Bangladeshi accent and has been seen carrying a satchel over his shoulder.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Constabulary.

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