Sutcliffe Park rape: Police step up patrols after woman is raped by knifeman in south east London park

Jonathan Mitchell
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Police have stepped up patrols after a woman was raped in a terrifying attack in a south east London park.

The victim, a woman in her 40s, was walking through Sutcliffe Park in Kidbrooke in broad daylight on Wednesday when a man threatened her with a knife and raped her, police said.

She was taken to hospital following the horrifying ordeal, which happened at about 2.15pm, but has since been discharged and is being supported by specialist officers.

Her attacker stole her handbag and fled the scene.

The Met has now increased patrols in and around the park while detectives continue to carry out their investigations.

The officers will remain in the area over the next few days to provide “reassurance and speak with potential witnesses”.

The woman’s rapist is described as a black man, in his 20s, and was wearing dark clothing and carrying a JD Sports drawstring-style bag.

No CCTV footage was taken from the park itself, but detectives are analysing footage from surrounding areas, police said.

Detective Superintendent Lee Hill 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.”

Witness Abby Nicole, 19, was walking her dogs through the park when she heard the woman’s screams.

She told the Standard: “We heard a horrifying scream, one that didn't sound like someone playing around.

“All three of us knew something was wrong so we ran to where to where the scream had come from and saw a man running off and another man chasing after him."

“We then saw a woman sitting on the grass, crying her eyes out and went straight over to her.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information about the attack should contact Greenwich police via 101, or by tweeting @MetCC.

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

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