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Police hunt after woman in her 30s ambushed and raped in alleyway near school

A woman has reported being raped as she came out of an alleyway close to a senior school, as detectives launch an investigation into the attack.

Officers say the woman, in her 30s, reported being sexually assaulted at around 3.30pm on Wednesday, April 21, in Erith, Bexley in south east London.

She said she was walking down an alleyway between a fried chicken shop and a charity shop towards Hurst Road.

As the woman came out of the alleyway by King Henry School playing field, she said she was raped near to a set of garages.

She reported the incident on the same day and is being supported by specially trained officers, MyLondon reports.

The Met has launched an investigation and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Police said: “It is believed that the woman travelled along Bexley Road, near Mill Road and crossed the road to the side of a pizza takeaway.

“They then turned into an alleyway that sits between a fried chicken shop and a charity shop.

“The alleyway leads in the direction of Hurst Road, which runs parallel to Bexley Road.

“They are then believed to have carried straight over the cross roads of the alleyway and Hurst Road, before walking towards a narrow lane with garages that is parallel to a school playing field.

“This is where the rape is reported to have happened.”

Officers have arrested a man on suspicion of rape
The woman told police she was attacked as she left the alleyway

Investigating officers are specifically appealing for witnesses who were on Bexley Road, Hurst Road and the adjoining alleys between 11.30am and 12.30pm.

DC Niall McCloskey, who is investigating the case, said: “We would ask anyone with information or who may have seen something to come forward and tell us what they know.

“We take reports of sexual assaults incredibly seriously and we will provide the best support possible to those who bravely come forward and report them.”

Anyone who was in the area at this time or who has information about this incident is urged to call 101.

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Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.

A man in his twenties was arrested on suspicion of rape in relation to this incident on April 23.

He has been bailed to return to the police station on a date in mid-May.

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