Mother appeals for help catching the man who raped her teenage daughter, who has learning difficulties, on the way home from school

Katherine Johnston (30 May, 2020)

The fifteen-year-old was attacked in Streatham last September

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The mother of a fifteen-year-old girl with learning difficulties who was raped Streatham while on her way home from school appealed to the public for help catching her daughter’s attacker. 

Detectives have renewed the public appeal and shared a new CCTV image of the suspect.

The girl, who was in school uniform, was attacked on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 11, 2019.

A CCTV image of the man police want to identify and speak with

At around 3.30pm she got off a bus on Streatham High Road.  As she turned into Guildersfield Road she was approached by a man who started talking to her. 

As they turned into Buckleigh Road he led her into an alleyway and assaulted her.  After the attack, he walked back down Guildersfield Road toward Streatham High Road. 

In a statement shared by police, the girl’s mother said: “Can you help catch this man?  This has affected by vulnerable daughter and our whole family.  

“We are incredibly upset and cannot understand how someone would take advantage of a young girl with learning difficulties. 

“My daughter is no longer able to go out and travel on her own; this man saw the vulnerability in my child. 

“I would also anyone that has information to call police immediately. 

“Please help identify this man so that he can be spoken to by the police.  Thank you.”

New CCTV footage shows an image of a man officers say they want to speak to. 

Detective constable Larissa Nightingale, from the central south safeguarding team, said: “Although it has been eight months since this attack, we remain determined to find the man responsible. 

“It is clear that a young girl has been left traumatised by this assault which happened as she made her way home after school.

“Someone must recognise him.  I would ask them to think of this family and the lasting impact. 

“Please come forward and speak with us.” 

Anyone with information should call 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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