Holloway sex attack update - second woman suffered serious assault

A second woman suffered a serious sexual assault in Holloway on Sunday morning, it emerged today (Friday).

Police have now revealed there were two sex attacks and one attempted assault on women between 3am and 4am on Sunday morning. The suspect in all three cases is described as a black man around 5ft 7ins but police are unable to link the crimes at this stage.

They said today that a 43-year-old woman was subjected to a serious sexual assault on Holloway Road, at 3am.

It follows the news that a 23-year-old woman was attacked and suffered a serious sexual assault between the John Barnes Library and Holloway Prison in Camden Road. Shortly afterwards, a man attempted to sexually assault a 17-year-old in nearby Brecknock Road.

Jean Wilson, a volunteer awarded an OBE this year for her work at Centre 404 in Camden Road, said: “We are obviously very concerned. We have a lot of people with learning disabilities but fortunately our centre, which is opposite the women’s prison, is closed for refurbishment at present.

“We have young women staff coming to and from the centre regularly so I will make sure that all our members and staff remain vigilant. If someone has done something like this they will try again. It can be a horrid world we live in. I hope the woman is okay.”

Camden Road resident Janice Coventry said: “It is terrible to have people like this running around. I am a worried for my children.”

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One shop owner said: “I have lived in this area for more than 20 years and a lot of people are shocked. We have never heard of anything like this before.”

Forensic experts were at the scene on Sunday morning gathering evidence. It is understood police will be examining CCTV from a newsagents on Camden Road.

A police spokesman said: “Enquiries continue and we are keeping an open mind as to whether they are linked. We want anyone who heard anything unusual or witnessed suspicious activity to call us in confidence.”

They should call Det Sgt Richard King on 020 7421 0282 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.