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Two sex attacks in Bicester 'might be linked'

CCTV image
Image caption Police are trying to trace a man seen walking behind the victim in the November attack

Two sex attacks on women in an Oxfordshire town might be linked, Thames Valley police have said.

A 20-year-old woman was pulled into Bucknell Road Park and sexually assaulted as she walked in George Street in Bicester on Thursday night.

On 27 November, a woman in her 20s was attacked in the car park of Bicester Community Hospital in Kings End.

A CCTV image of a man police want to question over the November attack has already been issued.

In that incident, the man is described as white, in his mid 20s to early 30s, 5ft 10in to 6ft, of heavy build and wearing a dark brown hat and black jeans.

'High visibility patrols'

In the latest attack, the man is described as white, in his 30s, of big build, about 6ft tall and wearing black clothes and a black bobble hat.

Det Insp Steve Duffy said: "This incident is similar to a sexual assault that occurred in November and so we are looking at the possibility that the two might be linked.

"An area around the park has been cordoned off while a search of the scene is carried out and officers are going house-to-house to speak with local residents.

"High visibility patrols will be put in place in the town to offer reassurance to local residents and I would urge anyone with concerns or information about this incident to speak to us.

He advised women to try to avoid walking home alone.

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