Detectives release tattoo image in appeal about alleged rape in E16

By Beth Allcock on February 13, 2014 10:59 AM |

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Detectives in Newham have released an artists' impression of a distinctive facial tattoo in an appeal for information about an allegation of rape near Star Lane DLR station.

The image - which depicts a skull and crossbones design on the suspect's right cheek - forms part of a request for witnesses to come forward following an attack on a teenager walking to Canning Town Station following an all-night rave in Cody Road.

The 16-year-old was approached from behind before being attacked, at about 4am on November 30, 2013.

Police have described the suspect as a tall black man in his twenties.

He is said to have been wearing a hooded top with a white motif of a person and horse on the left breast - possibly a Ralph Lauren logo - dark tracksuit bottoms with two white stripes down each leg and white Nike Airforce trainers, with a tick on both sides.

An artists impression of a tattooed skull and crossbones which was on the suspects right cheek has been released, a design which they believe appeared haphazard and not professionally finished.

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 the 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.

"Stranger rapes of this kind are extremely rare in London but we remind people to be aware of their personal safety and their surroundings. "

No arrests have been made and inquiries continue.

Anyone with information should contact DC Suzie Chantry, from The Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, on 0208 217 7474.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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