Attacks on lone women near to where a 33-year-old went missing in London had been previously reported to police, it has been claimed.
Women living in the area of the capital where Sarah Everard disappeared from are now being warned by police to “not go out alone”.
The marketing manager vanished after leaving a friend’s house in Clapham, South London, on March 3.
She had been due to arrive home in Brixton roughly 50 minutes later after making the journey on foot but has not been seen since.
Police went on to launch a missing persons probe and have been scouring the local area, including in ponds and bins.
And locals have revealed that officers have told them to be vigilant following the mystery disappearance.
The Times reports that officers investigating the disappearance had been told of assaults on women in the area previously.
In January, the Metropolitan Police was said to have had a report of sexual harassment on a young female on Hydethorpe Road, half a mile from where Sarah was last spotted on CCTV.
In early February, a woman was reportedly seen being chased by a man just over a mile away.
And just three weeks ago, a 14-year-old girl was claimed to have been followed by a man in a van less than half a mile from Sarah’s last sighting.
Meanwhile, reports of groups of men following a woman in nearby Balham have also been made.
Investigators reportedly said the disappearance is not being linked to other incidents and is being treated as a missing persons case.
Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is definitely a missing person investigation at the moment but I remain open-minded as to all possibilities in the investigation.”
She said 750 people had been spoken to by officers as they continue their search operation.
Sarah, a London resident for 12 years, left her friend’s house on Leathwaite Road at about 9pm last Wednesday, through a back gate, onto the A205 South Circular, before heading in the direction of Brixton.
It is thought that Sarah, who is from York, walked across Clapham Common, a 220-acre urban park.
She was then seen on CCTV walking alone on the A205 Poynders Road, from the junction with Cavendish Road, in the direction of Tulse Hill, at around 9:30pm.
She was captured on her phone but it is not known who, if anyone, was on the receiving end.