Girl, 14, raped in London park in broad daylight

Schoolgirl, 14, is raped while jogging in busy London park in broad daylight as police hunt man who dragged her into bushes

  • Girl was jogging in Goodmayes Park, Ilford, east London, on Monday afternoon
  • The 14-year-old was grabbed by a white man and dragged into nearby bushes
  • Police say suspect is aged around 17 to 20 with slight moustache and about 6ft
  • Officers have launched appeal for information and will increase patrols in area 

A 14-year-old girl was dragged into bushes and raped while jogging through a busy park in broad daylight.

The teenage girl was exercising when she was grabbed by a man wearing blue tracksuit bottoms and a long, black jacket, police said.

She began her run near the basketball courts in Goodmayes Park in Ilford, east London, on Monday at around 2.40pm when a man aged around 17 to 20 years old attacked her.

Police have launched a manhunt after a 14-year-old girl was raped in Goodmayes Park, Ilford

Police said the suspect was white, around 6ft tall with straight blonde hair and a slight moustache.

So far there have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing, with increased patrols in the area, according to Scotland Yard.

Yesterday, police launched an appeal for anyone who may have information to come forward.

Detective Constable Gemma Morris from the Met Police’s East Area Command Unit, said: ‘Goodmayes Park would have been busy at the time of the afternoon and I am appealing to anyone that was in the park and saw the male described to please come forward and provide us with information.

Girl was jogging when she was grabbed by a man and dragged into the bushes and attacked

‘No matter how small or insignificant you think your information might be, it could really help our investigation.’

The victim is being supported by specially trained officers, the force has said. 

Anyone with information can contact police via 101 or tweet MetCC quoting CAD5395/1Feb, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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