Police appeal over Lambeth sex assault

Police have released CCTV images of a man they are seeking in relation to a sexual assault that took place after a woman was followed by a fellow passenger on a night bus.
The victim told officers that she was tailed at a distance by the suspect after the pair both got off the N35 bus at the same stop in Brixton just after 4am on Sunday, 19 August.
When she reached Station Avenue, the man suddenly appeared behind her, pushed her against a wall and told her that he had no money and nowhere to live, before sexually assaulting her. He then fled the scene.
She told officers that when she saw his face, she immediately recognised him as being the same man she had seen at the bus stop at Elephant and Castle a short time earlier. He told her she was “beautiful” and then tried to engage her in conversation once they were on the bus, making her feel uncomfortable.
The suspected offender is described as a black man, aged between 20 and 25 years old, with a handlebar moustache, and around 5ft 8ins tall. He was wearing dark clothing, including a dark hooded top and a black cap with a logo in white letters, of which only two letters, ‘LO’, can be made out clearly.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Alison Downing, from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said: “The victim was walking towards her home in the early hours when she was suddenly accosted by this man who had deliberately targeted her after spotting her on the bus they were both on.
“The sexual assault he subjected her to has left her traumatised, and it is very important that we apprehend the man who attacked her. We are seeking any witnesses who know who he is or saw him on the N35 bus that night as it travelled through south London.
“If you have any information you think could help our investigation please contact us as soon as possible – all calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”
Police can be contacted on the incident line on 020 87214106, or 101 quoting reference CAD 1716/19Aug, or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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