A woman who stopped to visit a bank cashpoint was kidnapped and raped by two men who hid in the back of her car. Detectives hunting the rapists today issued a photofit of one of the assailants describing the attack in east London as “appalling.”
The 27-year-old woman was grabbed when she returned to her car after visiting a cashpoint in Green Lane, Dagenham. The men who had hid in the back seat held the woman prisoner for three hours while she was forced to drive around east London before stopping the car and being raped by both men.
The men forced her to drive her red Nissan Micra between Green Lane, Dagenham and Osier Way, Leyton when the men got out of the car and the victim was able to run away.
Police say the men drove along streets including Seven Kings, Valentine’s Park, Ilford, Romford Road and New Spitalfield’s Market and they appealed to anyone who may has seen the Nissan to call them.
The attack began at 5pm on November 4 last year and lasted until 8pm. Detective Inspector Tim Wilkinson, from the Met’s Sapphire unit, said: “This was a horrific ordeal that has left the victim severely traumatised.
“It was a sustained attack and when it was over she was so distressed it took her 20 minutes to find help even though she was relatively familiar with the area, it’s absolutely appalling.
“I appeal to anyone who may recognise the person from the e-fit to contact police urgently or call Crimestoppers in confidence. “Someone must know about what happened that evening, and I urge anyone with information, including anyone who may recall seeing a red Nissan Micra being driven or parked at locations given on 4 November to get in touch.
“Did you see the suspects inside that vehicle? Did you hear or see anything suspicious? Can you connect the e-fit with the locations and the red Nissan?”
Both suspects are described as black and they spoke with London accents. The first suspect – the one pictured in the e-fit – was in his late 20s to early 30s, of medium build with a shaved head. He smelt strongly of cannabis and wore a dark hooded top and blue jeans.
Anyone with information should call 01708 779 685, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.