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One year on from street rape, police release CCTV appeal

Can you identify this man?

21 December, 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby

CCTV image of man police wish to speak to

POLICE investigating an “appalling attack” on a woman in Highgate have released an image of a man they want to speak to.

The woman, who is in her 20s, was raped while walking home from a night out last year.

She had been walking on a street off Dartmouth Park Hill at around 3.30am on Monday, December 16 when the incident happened.

A man suddenly approached her, threatened her and forced her to perform a sex act.

Detectives are now appealing to the public to help identify a man captured on CCTV around the time of the crime.

Officers describe the man as a black male who was wearing a fur-lined hooded jacket, dark jeans, dark trainers and a dark top with a logo. He was described as having a London accent.

Man captured wearing coat and logo t-shirt

Detective Sergeant Stacey Smith from the Central North safeguarding team, leading the investigation, said: “This was an appalling attack on a lone woman who was targeted late at night and subjected to serious sexual violence.

“We need the public’s help to find the attacker. If you recognise the man in the pictures we have released for this appeal, please come forward and speak to us.

“If you have any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, it is vital you get in touch. It could lead to a dangerous offender being taken off the streets.”

A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape on the morning of the incident. However, he was interviewed and later released with no further action.

If you can assist police with their enquiries, call the Public Protection Unit on 07827802196.

Or you can call police on 101, tweet @MetCC or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting Operation Exmoor.

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