Police made a number of calls about five incidents that spanned five months, with students told not to go home alone.
Image: Avon and Somerset Police)
A hunt is underway to find a man accused of assaulting schoolgirls, ripping off their shoes and sniffing their feet.
Police made a number of calls relating to five incidents which spanned five months in the Gloucester and Bristol area.
Avon and Somerset Police have released an electronic photograph of what the man from the Bristol incidents may look like.
So far three incidents have been recorded in the Bristol area. A call was made as part of inquiries into incidents at Yate around 4pm on January 14 and a similar incident at 4.30pm on March 21 in an underpass.
There was then a third incident where a girl was touched inappropriately by a man in the Chipping Sodbury area.
This incident allegedly took place around 3:15 p.m. on May 26.
The three girls are between the ages of 10 and 15 and each time the man touched the children’s shoes or feet without their permission, police said.
Reports variously say he sniffs shoes or feet, or touches feet.
Three of the victims, those of Yate and Chipping Sodbury, were believed to have been pupils of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.
A spokesperson for South Gloucestershire and Stroud College urged students not to return home alone, telling the website: ‘Police have advised students not to walk to or from the university alone, to have mobile phones with them when they walk to and from the university and to call 999 immediately if an unknown man tries to approach them or talk to them for no good reason.
“The male was described as white, 5ft 6in, skinny, short blonde/brown hair, patchy beard, blue eyes, mottled complexion and approximately 19 years old.
“He targeted women aged between 10 and 15 in the Yate and Chipping Sodbury areas between 3pm and 5pm.”
In the first incident, the man was described to police as being white, in his twenties and about 5ft 9in tall with blond hair.
He wore a light red, blue and white solid color coat, dark pants and blue sneakers. The published e-fit font was based on this description.
A police spokesperson added: “Following the previous call, we have been grateful for a number of calls containing information, all of which are being assessed and followed up.
“Officers continue to carry out targeted patrols in Yate and Chipping Sodbury, and have contacted local secondary schools to ensure children and their parents and guardians are aware of the issue.”
Gloucestershire Police are also investigating two other incidents.
A spokesperson for the force said it was in contact with police colleagues in Avon and Somerset to establish whether any of the incidents were linked.
The first incident happened in Churchdown on November 15 last year. It has been reported that a teenage girl had her shoes stolen by a stranger while sitting at a bus stop.
The 17-year-old said she was at a bus stop around 5.20pm when she was approached by the man before he used force to grab her leg and pull her shoes off . He then fled.
The second incident also happened at Churchdown on May 27.
It has been reported that a teenage girl had her shoes stolen by a stranger as she was walking along an alley.
The 16-year-old said she was crossing the lane around 2 p.m. when she was approached from behind by a man who hugged her.
She was pushed before the man grabbed her legs and pulled her shoes off. The man fled.
Anyone with information or who can recognize the man is asked to call local police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.