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Police investigate 'horrific' rape of vulnerable 13-year-old girl in London

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Police investigate 'horrific' rape of vulnerable 13-year-old girl in London

A vulnerable 13-year-old girl has been raped in a “horrific attack” in south west London.

The teenager was walking along Tooting Bec Common when a man forced her into woods and attacked her, the Metropolitan Police said.

A spokesman said the girl was approached by the man at about 7pm on Thursday.

The man blocked her path and forced her into woodland at West Drive. After raping her, he made off along Furzedown Road towards Church Lane.

Detective Inspector Keith Ward, from the Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said he wanted to catch the offender before attacks another girl.

He said: “This was a horrific attack on a vulnerable young girl who was forced by this man into a secluded area and raped.

“The victim was able to provide a very good description of her attacker and we are keen to catch him before he has the opportunity to strike again.”

Mr Ward said the man is described as white, about 20-years-old, around 6ft tall, with a slim build with dark eyes and was clean shaven.

He wore a tracksuit top and bottoms with three white stripes down the sides, black trainers and a black woolly hat with black gloves.

The officer added: “Additional patrols will be taking place in the area where the incident occurred. This is to provide reassurance and ongoing support is being provided to the victim by specially-trained officers.”