Hunt for man who raped woman in East London alley: Police release CCTV footage of wanted man and call on public to provide information
- With Police was called to Newham, East London on September 20 last year
- They found a woman at the scene who told the officers she had been raped
- Detectives today released CCTV of a man they want to find in connection with the incident
Detectives ask for help identifying a man wanted in connection with an alleged rape in East London.
The Metropolitan Police were called to Sprowston Mews in Newham on September 20 last year.
At the scene, they found a woman who told officers she had been raped.
Officers spoke to the victim who is still supported by specialized agents.
Detectives call for help identifying a man they wish to identify in connection with an incident in Newham, east London last year
The incident took place in a small alley off the main street in the Forest Gate area of Newham, with only a few houses close by.
Police have now released a CCTV image of a man seen in a doorway who they want to speak to in connection with the rape.
Detective Constable Murad Talat, from the East London local police team, said: ‘We are releasing this image today in the hope that someone will recognize this man and let us know who he is.
‘Take a good look at the photo and if you think you can help, please get in touch as soon as possible.
“Any information you have could be vital to our investigation.”
The incident took place in a small alley off the main street in the Forest Gate area of Newham, with just a few houses around
The appeal comes amid heightened tensions in London after PC Wayne Couzens was jailed for raping and murdering Sarah Everard in March this year.
As the case closed at the Old Bailey last week, figures showed that more than 750 police and Metropolitan Police personnel have faced allegations of sexual misconduct over the past 11 years.
A total of 771 officers and staff — 88 percent of whom were employed at the time — have been charged with sexual misconduct since 2010, but only 83 were fired.
During the same period, 163 Met officers were arrested for sex crimes, 38 of whom were convicted after appearing in court.
Police have now released a CCTV image of a man seen in a doorway who they want to speak to in connection with the rape
With Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has vowed to ‘do everything I can’ to improve women’s safety.
Yesterday, she said a key goal was to “exterminate people who engage in predatory behavior towards women or express inappropriate views in our ranks.”
Figures show there were 7,892 reported rapes in the London Metropolitan police area in the year to 2020.
This is down from 8,354 the year before – believed in part due to the ‘stay at home’ restrictions of the pandemic.
However, of the rapes reported in the last year, only 298 resulted in a suspect being charged or convicted of the crime.
Anyone with information about the Newham incident is asked to call police at 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 7877/20OCT20.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.