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Police release CCTV of man they want to speak to regarding London rape

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Detectives from the Metropolitan Police have asked for the public’s help to identify a man they would like to speak to following a rape in Newham, east London, last year.

Officers were called on September 20, 2020, to a report of a rape in Sprowston Mews, Forest Gate. 

Officers spoke to the victim who continues to be supported by specialist officers.

Detective Constable Murad Talat, from the local policing team in east London, said: “We are releasing this image today in the hope that someone will recognise this man and let us know who he is.

“Please take a careful look at the photo and if you think you can help, get in touch as soon as possible. Any information you have could be vital for our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting reference CAD 7877/20OCT20. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

It comes as Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has vowed to do “everything in her power” to improve the safety of women in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder.

She said: “Speaking frankly, as an organisation we have been rocked. I absolutely know that there are those who feel that trust in us is shaken and I recognise that for some people, a precious bond of trust has been damaged.

“Our dedication to you, our public, remains undiminished. As Commissioner, I will do everything in my power to ensure we learn any lessons.”

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Ms Dick went on to acknowledge how what happened “to Sarah and other women in London and beyond in recent times” has raised serious questions about women’s safety and vowed to improve the situation.

She added: “There are no words that can fully express the fury and overwhelming sadness that we all feel about what happened to Sarah – I am so sorry.”
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