Identikit image of Grafton's 'Night Predator'.
Identikit image of Grafton's 'Night Predator'.

The hunt goes on for Grafton night predator

IT'S been a week since The Daily Examiner alerted Grafton to a serial sexual predator targeting young girls.

The community is still reeling from the shock.

People throughout the Clarence Valley are talking about the crimes and many schools, offices and shops have put the identikit picture of the suspect on their walls in the hope that someone will recognise the man.

An outpouring of anger and concern has also found its way onto the internet. A group has been established on popular social networking site Facebook.

Titled 'Get the bastard who's been sexually assaulting kids in Grafton, Australia', the group already has 722 members - most of them from Grafton.

While the site was started to expose more people to the identikit, many of the posts express anger, with a few making vigilante threats of assault and even murder if they catch the offender anywhere near their kids.

In the meantime, police are refusing to release any more details about the investigation, despite requests for updates from The Daily Examiner.

What's known is that police are investigating five incidents in Grafton, the first happening 15 months ago.

So far, there have been break-ins in Prince, Queen, Pound, Oliver and Dobie streets. Three young girls have been sexually assaulted, with another one a suspected assault.

Detectives from the State Crime Command's Sex Crimes Squad are investigating, with Superintendent John Kerlatec saying they are following a number of leads.

“If a person is arrested and charged for any of these matters, information will be released immediately to ensure the Grafton community is informed,” he said.

Police are urging people to report all suspicious behaviour to Strike Force Noreen detectives by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visiting Grafton Police Station.

The man wanted in connection with the assaults has been described as tall and skinny.

If anyone sees the man in the identikit, call police immediately.



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