Appeal to trace witness in Edmonton rape investigation

Metropolitan Police detectives want to speak to bystander who met teenage victim after attack

Joyce Avenue, where the attack took place on 6th March

Detectives are appealing to find a witness who may be able to assist with information about the rape of a teenage girl.

The incident was reported to have happened at about 8.55pm on Sunday, 6th March. The victim, a girl in her mid-teens, was leaving a block of flats in Joyce Avenue, Angel Edmonton, when she was attacked.

Afterwards the victim was distressed and went to nearby Fore Street, where police were called. While she waited for police at a bus stop a woman, who said her name was Sandra, spoke to the victim and comforted her. However, this woman left the area upon arrival of police and has not been traced since.

The witness is described as female, black and medium build. She was wearing a black coat, long red skirt or dress, and was carrying a plastic bag. The woman left the area on a 149 bus heading towards London Bridge.

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An immediate investigation was launched by detectives following the attack. Three days later a 29-year-old man from Haringey was charged with one count of rape and sexual activity with a child.

Detective Constable Rebecca Mussington, from the local policing team in Enfield, said: “This woman spoke to and comforted the young girl and we really need to speak to her. She may not realise it, but her evidence could be crucial.

“This is a very serious allegation of sexual crime against a young girl and I would appeal to this lady, or anyone else who has any information to come forward and tell us what you know.

“You can always call Crimestoppers if you do not want to give your name, but however you want to do it, please call.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101, quoting CAD6590/06Mar. To give information anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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