Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses and information after a 13-year-old girl was raped in Barge Walk, Hampton Wick near Kingston Bridge.
At around 22:45hrs on Sunday, 17 May, the girl was attacked by a man in his late teens to early twenties on a grass area near Barge Walk, Hampton Wick.
The victim had met the suspect the previous day in the vicinity of Camden High Street and agreed to meet again the following day.
The offence was reported to police on 19 May. 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 Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.
Detectives are currently seeking the whereabouts of a particular suspect in connection with this incident. This suspect cannot be named for operational reasons at this time.
Detectives remain keen to trace a young couple whom the victim remembers passing on Barge Walk after the offence at just after 22:45hrs. The couple was 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.
Detective Inspector Nicky Arrowsmith of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said:
“Our investigation is moving forward and we are currently seeking the whereabouts of an individual whose identity is known to us.
“As we progress this investigation I would like to reassure local residents that there is no cause for alarm.
“Local officers from Richmond-Upon-Thames borough continue to conduct reassurance patrols in the area and anyone who is concerned and needs to speak with an officer is invited to contact their Neighbourhood Policing Team by dialling 101.
“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.
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