Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information following a rape in Victoria Park.
The victim, a 24-year-old woman, was walking through Victoria Park in Grove Road, E3, just after midnight on Friday, 13 January after spending the evening with friends when she was grabbed by a man. After demanding cash, the suspect forced the victim into bushes and raped her.
He is described as a white male, aged 30-40, and around 5ft 8in tall. He was wearing a grey hooded top with a black body warmer, blue jeans and grey trainers. He is said to have had a London accent. Reports on a local Facebook page appear to slightly differ from police statement, with one resident and park user stating: “I have been informed that the Evening Standard / ELA report of the incident (rape) that happened in the early hours of Friday morning is inaccurate it happened on Night Walk at the canal end we know there is good CCTV in that area”.
Recently there have been numerous reports locally, about other assaults in the park and its vicinity, notably violent robberies with knives. Another local park user posted on Facebook: “Some kids that have been attacking people on the canal and in the park. They’re quite young but have weapons. Just before Christmas a young man had his arm slashed. Something needs to be done what are the police doing in this area?!”
Detectives from the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Abuse Command are investigating.
Witnesses or anyone with any information are urged to contact the investigating team 0208 733 5999, or police on 101 or by tweeting @MetCC.
To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.
There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.