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Appeal to identify potential witnesses to rape in Stratford

Officers investigating a rape in Stratford are working to identify members of the public who may have witnessed the incident. 

On Saturday, 4 September between 21:30hrs and 22:30hrs, a 15-year-old girl was walking along Montfichet Road when she approached by an unknown who put him arm around her and led her away from the footpath.

He then forced her behind a bench where he raped her. 

The incident was caught on CCTV and officers are carrying out a number of urgent enquiries. 

As part of the investigation officers are releasing a images of people who may have passed the incident without realising. They could be key to helping piece together the moments before and after the assault. 

Officers would like to hear from anyone who was in the area of Montfichet Road at around the time of the attack. 

Detective Sergeant Lauren Servants, from the local policing team in Newham, said: "This was a horrific attack and we have specially trained officers providing support to the victim as we work to find and arrest the person responsible. 

"If you recognise yourself in the CCTV images, or recognise someone you know, please call us immediately. Identifying these people could assist us in progressing the case."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 2309/05Aug. To remain anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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