Sex attacker trail goes cold

This is the evo-fit issued by police, in a bid to identify the Layton sex attacker.
This is the evo-fit issued by police, in a bid to identify the Layton sex attacker.
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POLICE hunting for the Layton sex attacker have admitted the trail has gone cold.

The predator is thought to be responsible for 13 sex attacks, most of them on children walking through Layton Cemetery and the area’s Kingscote Park.

An EvoFit – computer generated – image was issued and number of arrests were made in connection with the case.

But no-one has been charged and Det Insp Tony Baxter today admitted officers had “no new lines of inquiry” to pursue.

The assailant has not struck since August, but Det Insp Baxter said: “The file is not closed.

“At this moment there have not been anymore attacks since well before Christmas and we have exhausted everything we can do in relation to the offences reported to us.”

Officers investigating the case arrested a teenager in November in connection with the flashing of two 11-year-old schoolchildren in Layton Cemetery on November 7.

The 15-year-old boy, who was identified as a result of CCTV published in The Gazette, remains on police bail but is not being linked to any of the earlier incidents.

Trees and hedges in the cemetery have been cut back in a bid to improve safety for youngsters, and Det Insp Baxter added: “We have done loads of work with the local authority to try and design the crime out, such as cutting bushes back.

“It was all crime prevention stuff to try aimed at reducing the risk.”

The first incident was recorded in November 2011 when a man was spotted exposing himself on Grange Road.

Since then there have been nine incidents of a man exposing himself to schoolgirls between March and July last year in Layton Cemetery and Kingscote Park.

In July a 13-year-old girl was grabbed as she walked through the cemetery and, on August 11, a girl was dragged into the bushes in Kingscote Park, although both managed to escape.

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