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Hunt launched for serial rapist.

Summary: Police are hunting a man who they believe has raped four women in late night attacks that began on Valentine's Day Valentine's Day: see Saint Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day

Lovers' holiday celebrated on February 14, the feast day of St. Valentine, one of two 3rd-century Roman martyrs of the same name. St.

Police are hunting a man who they believe has raped four women in late night attacks that began on Valentine's Day.

The victims, aged between 16 and 25, were raped as they walked in Hounslow and Richmond, southwest London and police believe the incidents are linked.

The first incident happened at 3am on February 14 as the victim was walking along Inwood Road, Hounslow. The second attack occured at around 3.30am on February 22 in Hounslow Road, at the junction with Brainton Avenue.

The third rape took place at approximately 11.45pm on April 30 after the victim walked into Crane Park from Hospital Bridge Road.

The fourth incident happened shortly after midnight on May 4 after the victim walked along a footpath between Telford Road and Harvey Road. All the women were approached from behind, pulled to the ground and raped.

Police say that in all four cases the suspect is described as having a dark complexion complexion /com·plex·ion/ (kom-plek´shun) the color and appearance of the skin of the face.

The natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially of the face.
, is aged in his mid-to-late 20s, has chubby chub·by  
adj. chub·bi·er, chub·bi·est
Rounded and plump. See Synonyms at fat.

[Probably from chub (from the plumpness of the fish).
 cheeks and thick eyebrows.

One of the victims described the suspect as having dark hair and two victims say he was wearing a sweet-smelling aftershave aftershave

a scented lotion applied to a man's face after shaving

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Detective Inspector Andy Perrott from the Metropolitan Police's Homicide homicide (hŏm`əsīd), in law, the taking of human life. Homicides that are neither justifiable nor excusable are considered crimes. A criminal homicide committed with malice is known as murder, otherwise it is called manslaughter.  and Serious Crime Command said: "I would like to speak to anybody who may have been in the vicinity of these attacks and saw or heard anything suspicious.

"I would particularly urge anyone who believes that they recognise our description of this man, who thinks they may know who he is, or who may have come into contact with him in any circumstances CIRCUMSTANCES, evidence. The particulars which accompany a fact.
     2. The facts proved are either possible or impossible, ordinary and probable, or extraordinary and improbable, recent or ancient; they may have happened near us, or afar off; they are public or
, to call our incident room or, if you want to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers."

Commander Steve Bloomfield said: "I want to ensure that Richmond and Hounslow are safe places to live and visit.

"We are taking these incidents very seriously and have taken a number of measures to prevent further offences and reassure re·as·sure  
tr.v. re·as·sured, re·as·sur·ing, re·as·sures
1. To restore confidence to.

2. To assure again.

3. To reinsure.
 the public. These include increased uniform and plain-clothed patrols of the area and the distribution of safety advice to members of the community.

"In this advice we are urging young women who are travelling late at night that wherever possible to try to walk with friends, to keep to well-lit main roads, to be aware of what's going on What's Going On is a record by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. Released on May 21, 1971 (see 1971 in music), What's Going On reflected the beginning of a new trend in soul music.  around them, and to pre-book and use licensed cabs."

Anyone with any information is urged to call the incident room on 0208 785 8244 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Date:May 21, 2009
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