LONDON: Full Report: A man who attacked and sexually assaulted lone women in public has finally been jailed for 15-years and sex offenders register for life #AceNewsDesk reports – @AceNewsServices

#AceNewsReport – May.28: A man who attacked a number of lone women has been jailed for 15 years Thomas Biggs, 22 (11.09.94) of Wraysbury Drive, West Drayton, had previously pleaded guilty on Monday, 27 February at Isleworth Crown Court to: assault by penetration; sexual assault of a female; attempted sexual assault of a female; two counts of attempted kidnap; and, two counts of robbery #AceNewsDesk reports

MET: Man jailed for sexual assaults He pleaded not guilty to a third count of sexual assault in relation to an attack of a 22-year-old woman on a canal towpath in Harefield, Uxbridge, on 22 May 2016. This charge will lie on file.

On Friday, 26 May, Biggs was sentenced at the same court to 15 years’ imprisonment; he will remain on licence for a further five years and will remain on the sexual offenders’ register for life.

Detective Sergeant Daniel Langton, of the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command who led the investigation, said: “Biggs is a predatory offender who attacked lone women in public, and the attacks seemed to escalate in terms of the violence used. These attacks were degrading and terrifying for the victims, who have been incredibly brave in providing us with accounts of what happened to them and descriptions of the suspect.

We believe that there may potentially be other women that Biggs has attacked, and we would urge anyone who has suffered an attack of this nature and not reported it to police to come forward and speak to officers.”

The first offence was committed on 17 April 2016 when a 31-year-old woman was attacked as she jogged along a towpath on the Slough arm of the Grand Union Canal.

The attacker had ridden past the victim on a scrambler-type motorbike. He stopped ahead of her and dismounted before grabbing her upper body as she passed him.

She tried to scream, but the suspect put his hand over her mouth and they both fell to the ground. She was sexually assaulted before she managed to run away.

On 4 June 2016, at around 11:00hrs, a 37-year-old woman was walking on a canal towpath in Iver in Buckinghamshire, when she was sexually assaulted by a man who approached her.

On 21 July 2015, a 33-year-old woman was walking along Merivale Mews, off Tavistock Road, West Drayton, when a man hiding behind a hedge jumped out and grabbed her. He attempted to drag her towards an alleyway. She fought the suspect off and managed to break free from his grip. He ran off down Tavistock Road.

Later that that year, on 30 October, at around 23:00hrs, a 33-year-old woman was returning home from work and got off a Route 350 bus in West Drayton. After making enquiries about where she could call a cab, she walked along Station Road toward West Drayton railway station.

As she walked, a man rode past her on a bicycle and groped her. The victim shouted at him as he rode away, and the man then stopped, dropped his bike on the pavement and walked towards the woman.

He grabbed her, pushed her up against a wall and sexually assaulted her, trying to remove her skirt and underwear. He then threw her on the ground and committed a serious sexual assault. After a short time, he got up and cycled off, stealing his victim’s handbag.

The victim’s husband later called her phone which had been stolen, and he received a text message reply from the suspect.

The final attack happened the following day, 31 October 2016. A 43-year-old woman was walking home from the gym just before 19:30hrs, and cut through an alleyway linking St Johns Road and Culvert Lane in Uxbridge.

She saw a man run down the alleyway towards her and got out of the way to let him pass, but he ran at her and threw her to the floor, causing her to bang her head on the concrete floor. She required hospital treatment for her injuries.

The attacker stole her rucksack and ran towards St Johns Road. The contents of the bag were later discovered in a nearby park.

Detectives linked the offences – two of which were being investigated by Thames Valley Police – and the Met’s Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Command launched an investigation.

Officers carried out extensive CCTV enquiries, and they obtained footage which showed the suspect following the victim before the 30 October 2016 offence, and riding off with the victim’s bag.

Officers also analysed phone signals from when the suspect sent the text message. They were able to narrow down the possible places where the message was sent from, one being Wraysbury Drive, the road Biggs lives on.

An e-fit of the suspect was issued as part of an appeal, and Biggs was subsequently identified as a potential suspect.

An arrest warrant was executed at Biggs’ home on 17 November 2016. He was not present, but officers seized a number of important pieces of evidence, including a bicycle and a balaclava very similar to those described by the victim in one of the attacks; and three mobile phones stolen from two of the victims. Most of the items recovered were hidden in the garden shed which was padlocked.

He returned home a short time later and was arrested on suspicion of six sexual assaults, robbery and possession of Class B drugs.

Biggs was later identified by the two victims who took part in ID parades. He was charged the following day.

He denied all of the charges against him, but changed his plea to guilty at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday, 27 February.

Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of Biggs should call officers on 020 8733 5033, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.

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