Woman raped in Croydon while walking through quiet underpass

A woman was pushed to the floor and raped by a bandana-wearing attacker in a “terrifying” ordeal in a south London underpass.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the victim, in her 40s, was assaulted by a man from behind while walking beneath the Croydon flyover on April 19.

After the ordeal, which took place at around 10.40am, the man ran off in an unknown direction, police said. The woman is now being supported by specialist officers.

Detectives investigating the alleged rape described the suspect as having “very bright” blond har, an eastern European accent and blue eyes. He is thought to be 6 ft tall and aged between 20 and 30.

On the morning of the attack, he was wearing a black tracksuit with the hood up, as well as black gloves and a bandana covering his face.

There have not been any arrests.

"The attacker's appearance is distinctive, particularly his very blond hair. If he was hanging around the area prior to the attack there is a good chance someone saw him. I would ask anyone who has any information to contact police immediately. This man is clearly a danger to women and must be caught."

If you have any information, please call the investigation team on 07825 060255, or contact police via 101 or by Twitter @MetCC.

If you want to give informetion anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or crimestoppers-uk.org

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