Crime

13 year old girl raped in Kingston- appeal for witnesses and information

Kingston Upon Thames- Met Police investigating rape of 13 year old girl. Image: Google Satellite.

Kingston Upon Thames- Met Police investigating rape of 13 year old girl. Image: Google Satellite.

Updated Wednesday 27th May 2015

A 13-year-old girl has been raped in Kingston-upon-Thames on a grass area near Barge Walk, Hampton Wick near Kingston Bridge.

The attack took place at 10.45 on Sunday night 17th May.

The male attacker was in his late teens to early twenties.

Detectives are currently seeking the whereabouts of a particular suspect in connection with this incident. This suspect cannot be named for operational reasons at this time.

The complainant met him the previous day in Camden High Street and they’d agreed to meet at the location.

The offence was reported two days later.

The victim has not required hospital treatment but has been supported at the Haven sexual assault referral centre.

An investigation has been launched by officers from the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

The suspect is described as an Asian man in his early 20s wearing blue jeans and a dark coloured leather jacket.

Detectives are keen to trace a young couple whom the victim remembers passing on Barge Walk after the offence at just after 10.45 pm.

The couple were walking in the opposite direction, towards Hampton Court.

The woman, who checked on the girl’s welfare, is described as around 25-years-old with fair skin, a blonde bob and wearing a denim jacket.

Detective Inspector Nicky Arrowsmith of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said:

Our investigation is moving forward and we are currently seeking the whereabouts of an individual whose identity is known to us.

As we progress this investigation I would like to reassure local residents that there is no cause for alarm.

Local officers from Richmond-Upon-Thames borough continue to conduct reassurance patrols in the area and anyone who is concerned and needs to speak with an officer is invited to contact their Neighbourhood Policing Team by dialling 101.

In particular, I would appeal to the couple who approached the victim to call us. They may hold vital information about what happened.

Previously:-

DC Pete Condron of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said:

I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious or has information to contact us immediately.

In particular, I would appeal to the couple who approached the victim to call us. They may hold vital information about what happened.

Anyone with information is urged to call the police incident room on 020 8721 4251 or via 101. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Officers from Kingston-upon-Thames are carrying out patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the local community.

Anyone with concerns should speak to officers directly or contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team.

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