Appeal for help in identiying man who raped a 13-year-old girl

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Detectives from the Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command are appealing for help in identifying a man who raped a a teenage girl in Wandsworth, South London.

The 13-year-old girl was raped on Thursday, 12th November 2015 at around 19:00hrs in woods at West Drive, SW16.

She was walking along Tooting Bec Common towards Tooting Stadium when she was approached by a man who blocked her path, forcing her into the woods at West Drive.

He raped the girl then made off along Furzedown Road towards Church Lane, SW17.

The man is described as white, aged approximately 20 and is 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.

"This was a horrific attack on a vulnerable young girl who was forced by this man into a secluded area and raped,” Detective Inspector Keith Ward, Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said. “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."

Anyone with information which could assist the investigation; or who can identify the man is asked to contact the Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command on 0208 721 4106, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.