A 35-YEAR-OLD man was charged last night in connection with alleged attacks on three women, including one whose tongue was partly bitten off.
Andrew James Humphpris was arrested in Ipswich, Suffolk, on Friday evening, after a major nationwide police hunt.
Police launched a nationwide investigation after three women were assaulted in separate attacks including one in Knutsford, Cheshire, and two in Blackpool, Lancashire.
In one of them, a 26-year-old woman had a substantial part of her tongue bitten off after she got into the man's car, in the early hours on Friday.
Yesterday, Detective Superintendent Ian Jones, of Lancashire Police, said the man was arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and attempted abduction. A member of the public in Ipswich saw the man asleep in a blue Vauxhall Astra car in a field.
Det Supt Jones said: "I would sincerely like to thank the person who made the call to the police.
"I would also wish to express my gratitude to the media who have no doubt played a massive part in this inquiry."
Mr Jones said the man was not local to the Blackpool area, but was believed to live in London or the South East.
He was not the owner of the car, which was registered in Essex, but the car had not been reported stolen. Detectives were trying to establish how he came to be driving it.
Det Supt Jones said the woman who lost part of her tongue was feeling more comfortable but was still extremely distressed.
He said: "She has not been able to make a statement so far, but with the help and assistance of medical staff that is something we hope to get today."
He described the offender as "a very disturbed individual".
The first attack took place at about 2am in Rigby Road, Blackpool, when the man forced his way into the car of a 35-year-old woman before indecently assaulting her.
She managed to fight the attacker off and ran from the car for help. The second took place at about 3am, less than a mile away in Levens Road.
The man enticed a 26-year-old woman into his car before assaulting her.
During the struggle, the offender bit off part of the woman's tongue before she managed to break free and flee the scene.
The third victim, a 29-year-old woman, was driving southbound along the M6 motorway around 4.45am when she became aware of a dark blue saloon car following her.
As the woman entered Knutsford town centre, the attacker rammed her car at speed, forcing her to stop.
The woman immediately got out of her car and ran to safety before the attacker drove off.
All three women were left shaken by the attacks.
Humphpris, of London, will appear before Blackpool magistrates today, when the exact charges will be made public.