Sunday 23 October 2016

Police hunt man after 'horrific rape' of woman who stopped to give him change

Jane Matthews

Published 04/09/2016 | 08:59

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Police are hunting a man who raped a woman at knife-point after she stopped to give him some change.

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The victim, who is in her late 50s, was walking in Islington, north London, when a man approached her asking for change.

Police said the woman handed over all the coins she had before the man grabbed her shoulder and pushed her into a nearby road, where he pulled out a knife and sexually assaulted her.

He then stole valuables from her bag before fleeing the scene.

DC Sarah Hunter from the Met Police's Sexual Offences Command said that the victim had been left "very traumatised" by the incident, adding: "This was a horrific attack on a woman who had stopped to help a stranger when he asked her for some change."

The assault took place in Heddingham Close near Essex Road station in Islington between 11:30pm on Thursday night and 12:20am on Friday morning.

No arrests have been made and police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned man aged between 30 and 40 years and between 5ft 4ins and 5ft 6ins in height.

He was described as being of medium build and wearing dark clothing at the time of the attack.

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