Elderly women at Sutton assaulted by bogus doctor

An investigation has been launched after two elderly women were sexually assaulted by a man claiming to be a doctor in Sutton and Eastwood.

In the first incident on Tuesday 24th May an 89-year-old woman was visited by a smartly dressed man at her home in Sutton.

He told the victim he was her doctor and was there to examine her. He then sexually assaulted her.

On Friday 15th July a man, who was also smartly dressed, visited the home of a 74-year-old woman in Eastwood. He also claimed to be the woman’s doctor before sexually assaulting her.

The offender is described as white, aged between 40 and 60, and of slim build.

Det Chief Inspector Andy Gowan, who is leading the police investigation, said: “We believe these incidents are linked and were probably carried out by the same man.

“We have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries and examining CCTV footage, and we would like to hear from members of the public who may have information or recognise the description of the attacker.

“Anyone who thinks they may be able to help with our inquiry should contact us as soon as possible.”

DCI Gowan also urged elderly residents and their family and neighbours to be cautious.

He said: “Anyone who has an elderly neighbour or relative should take extra care to ensure they are safe and are aware of the dangers of letting a stranger into their home.

“A medical appointment can be easily verified with their local doctors’ practice. I urge people to exercise caution and ensure they are completely satisfied a caller is genuine before letting them inside their homes.

“The victims are being supported by specially trained police officers and we are working with them to try and identify who is responsible for these despicable crimes. “

Contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 99 99 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.