28 June 2024 07:00 Can you identify this man? Appeal following rape in Abbey Wood Detectives investigating the rape of a woman in Abbey Wood have issued an efit and CCTV footage of a man they want to identify.

Detectives have released footage of a man they want to identify and are appealing to the public for information following the rape of a woman in Abbey Wood.

An investigation was launched on Wednesday, 19 June after police were informed of a rape that took place on Sewell Road, SE2 at around 19:00hrs.

Detectives established that the victim was approached by a man who led her into derelict garages on Sewell Road and then sexually assaulted her.

The victim is currently being supported by specialist officers and enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.

Following a trawl of CCTV from the local area police identified that the suspect had been in the same area, on the same day at 15:00hrs.

Detective Sergeant Derren Bryant from the Safeguarding Team at the South East Command Unit said:

“I am turning to the public to help me and my team with our investigation. I am determined to apprehend this man and remove him from our streets. The suspect is described as a black man with a slim build. He has black shoulder length dreadlocks and was seen wearing blue trousers and a white vest top at the time of the offence.

“It is vital we gather as much information as possible in order to catch this offender. The Met is dedicated to removing individuals from the streets who commit crimes against women. Please help us and play your part by providing any information you may have. You can help us protect women from sexual predators.”

If you recognise this man or have any information that could help the investigation please call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and give reference Op Larkin. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.