Man charged with sexual assault after ‘highly unusual behaviour’

The Marlowes Shopping Centre in Hemel Hempstead
The Marlowes Shopping Centre in Hemel Hempstead
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A man has been charged with sexual assault after what police described as ‘highly unusual behaviour’ in a busy shopping district.

Akhtar Nawaz, 21, from Meadowcroft, Aylesbury, was charged after three young women were allegedly hugged and kissed by a man without their consent in Hemel Hempstead.

The alleged incident happened between 12.30pm and 1.30pm in Marlowes on Thursday May 28.

Det Insp Sam Khanna said: “This is highly unusual behaviour and as such was quite distressing for the women involved.

“We believe there may have been others who were approached in this way and I would like to speak these people.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference D1/15/3337.

Nawaz has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at St Albans Crown Court on June 12.