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Appeal to identify man wanted for questioning in connection with sexual assault

News   •   May 05, 2018 05:30 BST

[The man police wish to identify]

Detectives have released the image of a man they wish to speak to in connection to a sexual assault in Walthamstow.

The victim, a 19-year-old female, had agreed to meet the suspect, who she had met online, on Sunday, 12 November at 2030hrs at Walthamstow Bus Station.

Both the victim and suspect brought friends with them when they met. Both friends left separately soon after meeting.

When the friends had left, the suspect grabbed the victim by the arm and walked her into a nearby park where they stopped at a bench by the play area.

The suspect forced the victim to sit on the bench before sexually assaulting her.

The victim told the suspect to stop and left in the direction of the bus station.

The suspect followed the victim briefly, but eventually walked back into the park.

The victim did not see the suspect again but she received messages from him saying that he was sending his friend back to ‘get her.’

Detective Constable Matthew Cron, said: "We continue to actively search for this suspect and hope that someone may recognise him. If you know who this male is, please contact police as soon as possible."

Anyone who recognises this male should contact police on 101 and quote CAD 7666/12NOV17. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.