Police release CCTV image of man after knifepoint rape in south London park

Fiona Simpson
CCTV image: Police are looking to trace this man following an attack in Kidbrooke: Met Police

Detectives have released an image of man they wish to speak to after a woman was raped at knifepoint in broad daylight in a south London park.

The victim, aged in her 40s, was walking through Sutcliffe Park, in Kidbrooke, when she was threatened with a knife and attacked.

Scotland Yard have now released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

He is described as a black man, aged in his early 20s.

At the time the image was taken he was wearing dark clothes and carrying a JD sports drawstring bag.

The woman’s handbag, described as white with long straps, was stolen in the attack.

Detective Superintendent Lee Hill of Greenwich police said: "Although the investigation is at an early stage, significant progress has already been made.

"I am grateful to those people who have contacted police to share any information they have. I know that members of the local community have come together and are working with police to support our investigation.

"I would urge anyone who may have any information that will assist the investigation, or anyone who recognises the man in the image to come forward and speak to us."

Police have stepped up patrols around the park in a bid to provide reassurance to residents.

Any witnesses or anyone with information about the attack is urged to contact police in Greenwich via 101, or by tweeting @MetCC.

To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the crimestoppers-uk.org website.