Victims of pervert photographer asked to come forward

By Rachel Bishop on July 31, 2014 11:27 AM |

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Tower Hamlets police are appealing for further victims of a photographer who sexually assaulted two models to come forward.

Freelance photographer Shaun Colclough, 40, of Amhurst Road, Hackney, was sentenced to seven years after he assaulted a 25-year-old and 27-year-old at his studio in Wallis Road, Hackney.

His clients included models and aspiring models who required professional photographs for their portfolios.

In March 2011, the 27-year-old woman met Colclough at his studio, where he persuaded her to undress completely during the photo shoot. He then touched her intimately, despite her attempts to get away from him.

Later that month, the 25-year-old woman also met with Colclough at the studio. Again, she was persuaded to undress completely and Colclough touched and kissed her intimately.

After the first victim alerted police, Tower Hamlets CID conducted a search of his home and his studio, computer equipment was seized, which led officers to identify the second victim.

DC Richard Brierley of Tower Hamlets CID said: "It is possible that other women have suffered similar assaults, and I would urge any other victims to contact police. They will be given the full support of specially trained officers and their allegations will be thoroughly investigated."

Colclough was charged on 19 November 2013 and convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 24 June 2014.

He was found not guilty of two further counts of sexual assault against two other women.

He was given a four year sentence for the assault of the 27-year-old woman and three years for the assault of the 25-year-old woman. The sentences are to run consecutively.