A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a possibly linked series of sexual assaults against nine women in the Clapham and Brixton Hill areas, the Metropolitan police announced today.
The man was arrested last night in the Brixton Hill area on suspicion of sexual assault, and remains in custody at a south London police station.
The man is the fourth suspect police have arrested in relation to the assaults since 27 October.
Previously three male suspects – aged 30, 32, and 34 – were arrested and later released on bail, a Metropolitan police spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.
Last night the Metropolitan police announced that extra officers were being sent out to patrol the Clapham and Brixton Hill areas, and that investigations into the incidents were being reviewed by the Met's complex case team.
The most recent of the assaults allegedly took place during the afternoon of Saturday 31 October. A woman told police that a man approached her on Edithna Street and touched her on the backside multiple times. The woman called for help before the alleged attacker fled the scene.
Police have warned women in the area to remain vigilant and to report anyone acting suspiciously.
In a statement released last night, Commander Simon Letchford said: "If you are out and about I would ask you to please take some sensible precautions. Be aware of your surroundings, especially who is around you.
"If you feel uneasy about an individual or situation then please trust your instincts. Always dial 999 if you feel in danger."
Fiona Rutherford is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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