Hunt for man after woman sexually assaulted in London street

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Police are hunting for a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in a London street.

Detectives shared an E-fit image of the suspect, after the woman – who is in her 30s – was attacked in New Cross Gate in the early hours of Saturday.

She was walking home from New Cross Station at around 2.50am when a man emerged from behind a skip in front of her, in Jermingham Road.

He walked alongside her for some time and at the junction of St Asaph Road, he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Metropolitan Police Detective Constable Marissa Harrison, who is leading the investigation, is keen for anyone who recognises the man pictured, or who may have been in the area at the time and saw something suspicious, to contact police.

She said: ‘We take every incident of sexual assault extremely seriously and are committed to targeting predatory offenders.

‘Women should be able to walk home safely on our streets without fear of being assaulted and so it’s crucial that we find this man.’

At this stage, officers believe this to be an isolated incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting CAD XX or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In 2021, the National Office for Statistics reported just under half of women felt unsafe when walking alone in both busy public places and quiet streets at night.

Women aged 16 to 34 and over 75 were most likely to feel unsafe at night, the ONS said.

The institute, which carried out a survey after Sarah Everard’s murder, added that while men also reported feeling unsafe at night, the number was significantly lower.

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