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Detectives appeal for help to identify suspect in connection with sexual assault, robbery and attempted rape at Ilford shop

PUBLISHED: 07:39 07 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:02 08 February 2018

Detectives have released images of a man they wish to identify in connection with the sexual assault, robbery and attempted rape of a woman in an Ilford bakery. Picture: Met Police

Detectives have released images of a man they wish to identify in connection with the sexual assault, robbery and attempted rape of a woman in an Ilford bakery. Picture: Met Police

Met Police

CCTV images have been released of a man police wish to identify in connection with the sexual assault, robbery and attempted rape of a woman at a shop.

Detectives have released images of a man they wish to identify in connection with the sexual assault, robbery and attempted rape of a woman in an Ilford bakery. Picture: Met PoliceDetectives have released images of a man they wish to identify in connection with the sexual assault, robbery and attempted rape of a woman in an Ilford bakery. Picture: Met Police

On December 21, just before 4am, the 18-year-old victim was closing a shop in Cranbrook Road, Ilford, after working overnight, when the suspect approached the door and said that he knew the owner.

When the victim opened the door to speak to the suspect, he pushed his way in, grabbed the victim and dragged her to the back of the shop where he sexually assaulted and tried to rape her.

The victim was then forced to hand over her purse as a pair of scissors was held to her throat.

The suspect stole £500 from her.

He is described as a black man in his 30s, of medium build and with facial stubble.

At the time of the attack, he was wearing a grey hooded jumper, black jacket, dark grey bottoms and black trainers.

Det Con Angela Nemeth, of the Met’s child abuse and sexual offences command, said: “It is vital that the suspect in this case is trace as soon as possible. A vulnerable young woman, going about her job, is now dealing with being a victim of sexual assault and robbery, the effects of which run far deeper than a loss of cash.

“I urge anyone who recognises this male to speak with police as soon as possible. Your call could help us remove a dangerous criminal from the community or may eliminate someone from police enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on the police non-emergency line on 101 or anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 or by Tweeting @MetCC.


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