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Hunt in UK for man who raped 13-year-old after they agreed to meet

Hunt: Police in London are searching for the rape suspect
Hunt: Police in London are searching for the rape suspect

A 13-year-old girl has been raped by a man she agreed to see again, police said.

The teenager had met a man in his late teens to early 20s in Camden, north London a week last Saturday and fixed to meet him again the next day, Scotland Yard said.

She was attacked at 10.45pm on the Sunday evening on a grass area near Barge Walk, Kingston-upon-Thames, a spokesman said.

The offence was reported to officers two days later. The victim did not require hospital treatment but was taken to a Haven sexual assault referral centre.

An investigation has been launched by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

The suspect is described as a Asian and was wearing blue jeans and a dark coloured leather jacket.

Detectives are keen to trace a young couple whom the victim remembers passing on Barge Walk after the offence took place. The couple were walking in the opposite direction, towards Hampton Court. The woman, who checked on the girl's welfare, is described as around 25, with fair skin, a blonde bob and wearing a denim jacket.

Detective Constable Pete Condron said: "I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious or has information to contact us immediately.

"In particular, I would appeal to the couple who approached the victim to call us. They may hold vital information about what happened."

Anyone with information was urged to call the police incident room on 020 8721 4251 or via 101, or if wishing to remain anonymous they should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The spokesman added: "Officers from Kingston-upon-Thames are carrying out patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the local community. Anyone with concerns should speak to officers directly or contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team."