Girl, 13, raped by man she met in Kingston-upon-Thames

A 13-year-old girl was raped in Kingston-upon-Thames earlier this month – police are now appealing for information.

The girl was attacked by a man in his late teens to early twenties on a grass area near Barge Walk on May 17 at around 10.45pm.

She had met the suspect the previous day in Camden and agreed to meet again the following day.

The offence was reported to officers on May 19 – the victim did not require hospital treatment but was taken to a Haven sexual assault referral centre.

An investigation has been launched by officers from the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

The suspect is described as an Asian man in his early 20s wearing blue jeans and a dark coloured leather jacket.

Detectives are keen to trace a young couple whom the victim remembers passing on Barge Walk after the offence at just after 10:45pm.

The couple were walking in the opposite direction, towards Hampton Court. The woman, who checked on the girl’s welfare, is described as around 25 years old with fair skin, a blonde bob and wearing a denim jacket.

DC Pete Condron of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious or has information to contact us immediately.

“In particular, I would appeal to the couple who approached the victim to call us. They may hold vital information about what happened.”

Anyone with information is urged to call the police incident room on 020 8721 4251 or via 101.

To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Picture courtesy of Ray Forster, with thanks

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