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Highbury attempted rape: Suspect pictured at Drayton Park station

PUBLISHED: 09:42 12 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:11 12 July 2016

Attempted rape in Highbury: CCTV still of man police wish to speak with

Attempted rape in Highbury: CCTV still of man police wish to speak with

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Detectives investigating the attempted rape of a 13-year old schoolgirl in Highbury have this morning released a CCTV image of a male suspect.

A previously released e-fit of the man police want to trace over the attempted rape in HighburyA previously released e-fit of the man police want to trace over the attempted rape in Highbury

The image is captured at Drayton Park station before the young victim was attacked at about 8.20am on Wednesday, June 8.

A man approached the girl and placed his hand over her mouth. He forced her into Coach House Lane where he assaulted her, before a member of the public interrupted and confronted him, causing him to flee.

The suspect then took a biccycle from a teenage boy. He rode it a short distance along Highbury Hill before abandoning the bike and making off on foot.

Police attended the scene and conducted a search, however neither the suspect nor the teenage witness could be found. Despite numerous enquires neither the suspect nor the teenager on the bike have been identified.

Det Cons Ben Lucas, of the sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said: “I would again like to thank all the witnesses who have come forward so far and helped progress the investigation.

“We remain dedicated to identifying and arresting the suspect in the crime that has left a 13-year old girl and her family traumatised.

“I am very keen to identify the man in the CCTV still and urge the public to look carefully at the image and the previously released E-fit, and call the police as soon as possible if they recognise him.”

The suspect is described as a white man, about 6ft tall and of muscular build. He had black and grey hair.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the teenager on the bike is urged to call 101 or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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