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Police hunting a sexual predator in Whitstable have confirmed a THIRD woman reported she was assaulted in between two other attacks.
Investigators were contacted by a 42-year-old woman who was pushed off her bike in Stream Walk at 6.30pm on Monday.
She suffered bruising to her arm and shoulder and was visited by officers to give a description.
He is described as 30, 5ft 5ins, of medium build and with brown hair. The man was wearing a black bomber jacket and dark trousers.
The incident took place just minutes after a man made sexual advances towards a woman with her three-year-old daughter - and before he exposed himself to a teenager, who he then punched.
Police say similarities between the incidents and descriptions are being examined.
The woman, who did not want to reveal her name, told KentOnline she thought she was about to fall victim to a mugging as she cycled home from Whitstable rail station.
She said: "I was was coming down from Whitstable station to Stream Walk when I noticed in front of me this man who was unsteady on his feet.
"I felt as though he was practising his ambushes on me and I just want this guy caught..." - Whitstable attack victim
"He kept looking around at me and as I went to go round him he used both hands and pushed me up against a wall. My head hit the wall then hit the floor.
"I thought he was going to mug me. I got up and he just stood there.
"I started shouting at him and he apologised saying it was an accident.
"I just wanted to get away so I got back on my bike and bombed it home.
"I steadied my nerves and decided to report it to police the next day. When I heard about the other incidents I just felt sick.
"I felt as though he was practising his ambushes on me and I just want this guy caught.
"I was really scared at the time - I didn't want to stop cycling. I got off lightly, but I'm convinced it was him."
Officers stepped up patrols across Whitstable this week following Monday's incidents.
At 6pm on the Crab and Winkle Line, a woman reported a man groped her as she walked with her three-year-old daughter forcing her to shield her daughter's eyes as she fended him off.
Then at 6.45pm, a teenager reported a man exposed himself to her and a friend before he grabbed her and punched her in the face breaking her glasses.
Witnesses or anyone with information about the incidents is asked to phone DS Martin Glynn on 01227 868 278, quoting reference number ZY/2835/14.
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