Distinctive tattoo image released in hunt for DLR rapist

By Rob Virtue on January 22, 2014 8:43 PM |

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Police have released an artist's impression of a tattoo belonging to a man who raped a 16-year-old girl near a DLR station in Newham.

The unfinished skull and crossbones was on the suspect's right cheek. Police said it appears to be "haphazard and not professionally finished".

The teenage victim was attacked from behind as she made her way from Cody Road to Canning Town at 4am on November 30 last year. She had been socialising with friends.

She was assaulted near Star Lane DLR station.

Detective Inspector Simon Dobinson, from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "I would appeal for information from anyone who was in the area at the time of this offence. We believe that the suspect may have been at a rave and in the area earlier on that night.

"I would particularly appeal to anyone who may recognise the description of the suspect, or of any person who has such a tattoo. Any information will be treated in the strictest confidence."

The suspect is described as a tall black man in his early 20s. He wore dark clothes and a hooded top, which was possibly a Ralph Lauren make.

He also had dark tracksuit trousers and white Nike Airforce trainers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Suzie Chantry, from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, on 020 8217 7474. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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