Caution urged after grab attacks in Louth

Residents in a Lincolnshire town are being urged to be vigilant after a woman and a teenager were approached and grabbed by a man.

Police in Louth are also investigating a report from a third female - also in her teens - who was questioned by a man acting suspiciously.

The incidents happened between 5 and 10 November in Spring Gardens, Queen Street and Wood Lane.

Police said they could not confirm any link between the events.

'Matter of concern'

The first attack happened late in the evening on Bonfire Night and involved a 17-year-old female who was grabbed by a man in Spring Gardens.

The attacker is described as white, in his 20s, about 5ft 10in and of medium build. He had short, dark hair and was wearing a dark polo-style shirt and dark, jogging-type trousers.

In a second incident on 7 November, a teenage girl was approached and questioned by a man acting suspiciously in Queen Street.

The same man was later seen at Monksdyke College where he approached and spoke to a teacher - this incident did not involve any assault but officers would like to trace the man.

He is described as a white male, of slim build, with short dark hair, a very pale complexion and dark rings under his eyes. Estimations of his age vary between 16 and 26.

The attack on 10 November involved a woman who was walking her dog along Wood Lane in the town. She was grabbed by a man wearing a balaclava, gloves and a hoodie, who was described as smelling of alcohol.

After grabbing the woman, the man ran off along the old railway line towards Stewton Lane.

Detective Inspector Andy Wardell, from Skegness police station, said: "Whilst we cannot confirm any link between these events, all three incidents are a matter of concern and we are asking anyone who was in these areas to think back."

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