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VIDEO: Bizarre sex assault on Co-op shelf-stacker

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: December 19, 2009

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A SHELF-STACKER was allegedly sexually assaulted as he worked in a Plymouth store, say police.

Officers have released CCTV footage of what they have described as a 'bizarre incident' in the hope they can identify, and speak to, the man in it.

The employee was stacking shelves at a Plymouth Co-op store when an unknown man began hanging around the aisle.

The video footage shows the man crouching down on numerous occasions, which is when the alleged offence took place.

The employee informed the store manager and they looked back at the CCTV footage.

"I'm used to having customers around me and having arms stretched out, but I did not look up until the end," he said.

"I had no idea what was going on. I thought it was all a bit strange.

"I was shocked and I couldn't believe he was in the aisle for that long."

The incident occurred on Saturday October 31 at about 10am. A week later on Saturday November 7 at about noon, the suspect returned.

Dc Steve White, who is investigating the incident, said: "We are treating this incident very seriously and we would appeal to the public's help in tracking down this man.

"It is a bizarre incident and the shop was full of people.

"Someone must have seen the man and could well help us identify him."

A Co-operative Group spokeswoman said: "We are working with the police to attempt to identify a man who is suspected of sexually assaulting a member of our staff in the Plymouth area on two occasions.

"The assaults took place on two consecutive Saturdays – October 31 and November 7.

"The Co-operative takes issues of staff welfare very seriously, and we would appeal to anyone with information regarding these incidents to come forward to the police."

The man is described as being white, clean shaven and of medium to large build.

During the first incident he was wearing a brown T-shirt with jeans and black shoes and glasses.

During the second incident the man was wearing a blue shirt with jeans.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the police on 08452 777 444 quoting the crime reference number EL09 5316.

Alternatively, witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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  • PaintaDecor8r  |  February 11 2013, 4:16AM

    Probably smells better than the food they sell in there

  • alexstru  |  September 21 2011, 11:30PM

    Every body should have a healthy pastime. Dogs do it all the time!

  • bigdonkey  |  September 21 2011, 9:51AM

    the man in the photo looks like the shelf stacker in the Plymouth Co-Op

  • gembet  |  September 20 2011, 6:08PM

    I hope they find this perv

  • Marksensible  |  September 20 2011, 3:36PM


  • GRIBBLE666  |  September 20 2011, 3:32PM

    Had a similar problem in tescos in cowick st went into buy some aftershave had me best dress on and some perv kept trying to lift me dress up to see me knickers i fled in panic and had to send the wife in to get me aftershave. sicko

  • bigdonkey  |  September 20 2011, 3:01PM

    he was clearly a sniffer dog in a previous life and the worker was keeping his joint in his back pocket, the sniffer promptly sat down indicating but nobody there had the adequate training to read these signals. The worker clearly went to town with aftershave to cover the smell which if you've ever introduced after shave to that part of the body you will know its not going to end well, standing in the fridge of cheese is not going to cover your scented crimes young man, not with the sniffer lad about One man's pervert is another mans terrorist and drug cavity search sniffing hero

  • Jayanner  |  September 18 2011, 9:49PM

    words fail me.......

  • qwertyytrewqw  |  September 18 2011, 9:05PM

    We know the Herald repeats the last few weeks stories ..... but give us a break . This is at least a year old . What have they done ? Employed a new young unexperienced guy to fill some hours and find news etc ? No wonder people dont buy the paper anymore . Getting sadder by the week.

  • MrsDixon22  |  September 18 2011, 8:37PM

    Shouldn't've the shelf stacker had said something ? I can't even.....