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Man charged with Parkland Walk attacks on women

PUBLISHED: 12:32 10 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:13 07 September 2010

By Charlotte Newton A MAN has been charged after a string of robberies against women in the borough s Parkland Walk. There have been five reported incidents in as many weeks at the nature trail which runs from Highgate to Finsbury Park. Most have been in

By Charlotte Newton

A MAN has been charged after a string of robberies against women in the borough's Parkland Walk.

There have been five reported incidents in as many weeks at the nature trail which runs from Highgate to Finsbury Park. Most have been in the Crouch End area.

Four of the victims are women and three were pensioners.

Police have confirmed that a 41-year-old man has been charged. Unemployed Barry Silburn, of Stacey Street, Finsbury Park, was charged on Tuesday with five counts of robbery between May and July.

They include an incident on May 31 involving a 64-year-old woman, one on May 31 involving a 66-year-old woman, another on June 26 involving a 43-year-old woman, one on June 26 of a 40-year-old woman and finally on July 7 involving a 74-year-old male.

Silburn is in custody and was set to appear at Highgate Magistrates Court yesterday.

The incidents sent shockwaves throughout the community with residents fearful of using the well-known path.

Police at the time urged people to exercise caution when walking through.

Police officers had been conducting daily patrols in an attempt to trap the man responsible for the attacks. The manhunt included foot and bike patrols with assistance from the Air Support Unit and The Parks Constabulary.

Meanwhile Haringey Council say there are no plans to install CCTV in the walk.

A spokesperson said: "There are a number of practical issues around CCTV - the walk has more than 20 entrances and is several miles long. The Friends of Parkland Walk also have concerns that CCTV would be detrimental to the character of the nature reserve."

charlotte.newton@hamhigh.co.uk

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