Detectives are appealing for help to identify a man they need to speak with in connection with a rape in Pimlico.
At approximately 03:10hrs on Tuesday, 5 March, a man approached a 30-year-old woman as she was walking along Causton Street at the junction with Mead Mews, SW1P.
The suspect violently attacked the woman before raping her and stealing personal property. He was last seen running towards Vauxhall Bridge in the direction of the bus station.
The woman suffered bruising to her arms during the attack. She continues to be supported by specialist officers.
The suspect is described as a black man, aged in his 30s and approximately 6ft tall. He was wearing distinctive clothing, comprising of a black baseball cap with white writing, a jacket with a large red pattern on the front, grey jeans and black trainers with red stripes.
Detectives would like to speak with anyone who was in the area at the time of the attack and who may have seen where the suspect went. They would also like to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV footage.
Detective Constable Jason Anderson, from Westminster CID, said: “This was a terrifying attack on a lone woman by a stranger. I would like to reassure people in the area that attacks like this are very rare. We are working to catch the culprit and bring him to justice. Extra neighborhood patrols have been stepped up.
“A number of enquiries - including the review of local CCTV footage and forensic work - are ongoing. Images and footage of the man sought by police has been released today. I would appeal for anyone who has information on his identity or whereabouts to get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to call officers based in Westminster via 101or 07748 985378 quoting reference 1722/05Mar.
Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.