Woman raped while waiting for minicab

Detectives are appealing for information following the rape of a woman as she waited for a minicab.

The offence occurred at around 2:50am on Saturday, 5 May in Exchange Court, Westminster. 

The 19-year-old victim was waiting for her minicab on The Strand after being out with friends. She was then approached by a man who said he could help her locate it. Moments later he led her down a secluded alleyway where he raped her.

The suspect is described as being an Asian male with short brown hair and facial hair.

Officers from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command (CASO) are investigating and have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to in connection to the incident.

Detective Inspector Liz Wilcox, from CASO, said: “This female was targeted after being separated from her friends. I would urge anyone with information which may assist this investigation to come forward. Any information we receive will be looked at thoroughly and sensitively.”

If you can identify this man or offer any information to help progress the investigation, contact officers on 0208 733 5999 or tweet @MetCC. 

Alternatively, to give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

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