Police searching for a boy believed to have carried out sex assaults in Manchester say they are concerned the attacks could escalate.
Detectives are appealing for anyone who recognises an e-fit of the boy, aged about 12, to contact them.
They are linking three assaults that have taken place in the past month near the University of Manchester.
Officers said they believed the boy had been recorded by CCTV cameras.
Det Ch Insp Colin Larkin said: “It is obviously very unusual and very worrying, that someone so young is committing such appalling attacks on women. The women are traumatised as a result of what happened and are being offered support by specially trained officers. Whatever the young boy’s motivation, this is not a practical joke or a prank. His actions are disturbing.”
He added: “We cannot allow these sexual assaults to escalate and we need to find him.”
The first two attacks took place within 15 minutes of each other on 21 September.
A 27-year-old was approached from behind and grabbed in Lloyd Street North at 18:15 BST before she screamed and the offender ran off.
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