CCTV footage released of man after attempted rape

Detectives are appealing for the public’s help to identify a man they wish to speak to in connection with an attempted rape in Hoxton.

Officers were called to Hoxton Street at 5:45am on Saturday, 7 March to a report of a woman, aged in her 20s, being approached from behind by a male, who then chased her, dragged her to the floor and attempted to rape her.

The woman managed to break free and shout for help, scaring off the suspect, who then fled the scene.

Detectives investigating the incident are now releasing CCTV images of an unknown man walking in Kingsland High Street at around 5:20am, about twenty minutes before the incident took place.

The victim is being supported by specialist officers. To date there have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

Detective Constable Duncan Brown, from CID at Central East Command Unit, who is investigating the incident, said:

“This is a serious incident and we are extremely keen to identify and speak to the man in the CCTV images. If you recognise him, it is imperative that you let us know immediately. All calls will be treated in complete confidence.”

Anyone who believes they know the identity of the man is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC, quoting reference CAD 1622/7 March.

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