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Appeal to find dog walker who helped Hackney rape victim

Detectives are appealing to a dog walker who helped a woman after she was raped to contact police.

The incident occurred at approximately 05:00hrs on Saturday, 24 August 2019 near to St Leonards Shoreditch Church, Shoreditch High Street, E1.

The man was walking his dog when he spoke to the 19-year-old victim after she had been raped and helped her leave the area.

The man is described as white and between 30-40 years old and was walking a dog, thought to be a large short haired mastiff type dog. He came across the victim and her friend outside church and walked them to Shoreditch Overground Station.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on 29 August 2019 on suspicion of rape and has been released under investigation.

DC Rob Johnston, leading the investigation, said: “This man helped the woman on the night and I am appealing to him to help us now. We have previously shared this image at the time and on a number of occasions since but I am renewing this appeal in the hope that the man comes forward as he may not have realised the victim made a report to the police.

“We really need to speak to him about what he saw that night. I want to be clear - this man is a witness and he is not in any trouble. Please get in touch with us either directly or via Crimestoppers if you wish to remain anonymous.

“I appreciate that a number of years have passed since that night and the investigation has progressed significantly over that period, however, identifying and speaking to this man is a priority. The team has been working to bring the man responsible for this terrible crime to justice and we remain as committed two years on and will remain so until the man responsible is brought before the courts.”

If you recognise yourself as the man described or if you have any information that could help the investigation call police on 101 and quote CAD 1551/30NOV21 or tweet @MetCC.

To remain 100% anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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