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Urgent manhunt after woman in her 20s raped in alleyway near Westfield Stratford

Police want to identify this man  (Metropolitan Police )
Police want to identify this man (Metropolitan Police )

Police have launched an urgent manhunt after a young woman was raped in east London.

The victim, in her 20s, reported she had been attacked in an alleyway near Westfield Stratford City shopping centre and the main train station in Medals Way just before 7pm on Thursday.

Metropolitan Police officers took the rare step of releasing CCTV images of a tall and slim man believed to be in his 20s.

He was wearing a black tracksuit and beige cap.

Scotland Yard said the woman is being supported by specially trained officers.

Detective Constable Ben Dailey, who is working on the investigation, added: “We have carried out a number of enquiries, including recovering CCTV from around the area.

Woman was attacked in an alleyway in Medals Way, Stratford (Metropolitan Police)
Woman was attacked in an alleyway in Medals Way, Stratford (Metropolitan Police)

“As a result of this, we are releasing two images of a man we would like to identify. I would ask anyone who recognises him to come forward immediately.”

Anyone who can help the investigation team is asked to call 101, quoting CAD 6672/25Jan, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.