Saturday 19 August 2017

Woman (81) raped after getting off bus on busy high street

Met Police (Stock photo)
Met Police (Stock photo)

Scott D'Arcy

An 81-year-old woman was raped by a man who followed her after she got off a bus on a bustling high street.

The victim was taken to hospital following the attack, which happened shortly after she had left the number 155 bus in Balham High Road, south London, at 8.30pm on Friday.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police sex crimes unit have appealed for a man seen in the area at the time and also for information on the whereabouts of the victim's jacket.

Detective Inspector Melissa Laremore said: "My team are keen to trace a male witness seen on Rinaldo Road, Balham, on the evening of the incident.

"He was wearing a jacket with a distinctive American flag design on the back.

"I would urge him to come forward and contact police. In addition to this, the victim's distinctive red Marks and Spencer's jacket went missing after the attack.

"My investigators are working to trace it in and around the local area as it is of important evidential value. If you have any knowledge of its whereabouts, please get in touch."

:: A 41-year-old man was arrested in Tooting on Saturday and charged with two counts of rape and one of kidnap/false imprisonment on Sunday, Scotland Yard said.

He will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Monday.

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