Police issue appeal after Croydon woman raped on Southbridge Lane

Police are appealing for witnesses as they search for a rapist who attacked a woman late in Croydon on Wednesday.

The victim, who is in her 40s, was pushed to the floor and assaulted at around 10:40am on April 19 in the underpass on Southbridge Lane.

The suspect is described as a white eastern European man who is 6ft tall and aged between 20 and 30 with bright blonde hair and blue eyes.

Detective Sergeant Simon Sherlock, of the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “This was a terrifying attack and we need the public’s help.

“The attacker’s appearance is distinctive, particularly his very blond hair. If he was hanging around the area prior to the attack there is a good chance someone saw him.

“I would ask anyone who has any information to contact police immediately. This man is clearly a danger to women and must be caught.”

The suspect was wearing a black hooded tracksuit, black gloves and had a bandana across his face at the time of the attack.

No arrests have been made at this stage and the victim is being supported by specialist officers.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information can call the investigation team on 07825 060255, or contact police via 101 or by Twitter @MetCC

To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or

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