Saturday 24 March 2018

Pensioner (81) raped after being followed from bus stop

Balham High Road, South London. Picture: Google Maps
Balham High Road, South London. Picture: Google Maps Newsdesk Newsdesk

An elderly pensioner was raped after she was followed after getting off a bus on a busy street.

The victim (81) was taken to hospital after the attack, which happened in South London at approximately 8.30pm on Friday.

She was attacked shortly after she left the 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 today.

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