London news: Police issue urgent warning as man raped in woods at Clapham Common | UK | News

The attack occurred in a wooded area in the west of the common opposite The Avenue, with a man in his early 30s targeted. It is believed that two men were present at the time of the assault.

Police say the rape occurred at about midnight on June 30 – but was only reported in the last week.

Because it was dark, no detailed descriptions of the men are available.

Detective Sergeant Ross Burrell, investigating, said: “We are determined to identify the person or persons responsible for this horrific crime and seek justice for the victim.”

He added: “A significant period of time has passed since the attack occurred but we still think there will be people out there with information that could help.

“We want to hear from anyone who was out on the Common that night and saw or heard anything suspicious.

“We want to hear from anyone who has seen two men in the area, either before or after this incident, acting suspiciously or doing anything which has raised concerns.

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“It does not matter why you were in the area.

You can be assured that officers will make no judgements and will treat any information you provide sensitively.

Your information, no matter how small, could be vital. Please make that call.”


Anyone with information is being asked to call 101, using the crime reference Cad 7542/17Aug.

They can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.

They will never ask for names and cannot trace calls.

Visitors to their website cannot be traced via their IP addresses either.

Officers are treating this as an isolated incident at this stage.

However, they will maintain an open mind as their investigation progresses, a Met statement stressed.

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