Police hunt for kind stranger who helped rape victim while walking his dog in Hackney

Police are searching for a kind dog walker who helped a 19-year-old after she was raped in Hackney.

The incident happened at around 5am on Saturday, 24 August 2019 on Shoreditch High Street in East London, and officers hope the man will be able to help in an investigation.

He is described as a white 30-40-year-old man walking a large short-haired mastiff-type dog. He spoke to the victim after the assault and walked her to Shoreditch High Street Overground Station.

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On August 29, 2019, a 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape but has since 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.”

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