Woman grabbed in terrifying sexual assault where Sarah Everard was abducted

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A woman was attacked on the street Sarah Everard was abducted by murderous cop Wayne Couzens just six months earlier.

In a "terrifying" sex assault, the woman in her 20s had bent down to rummage through her bag when a pervert grabbed her from behind.

The victim was walking near Clapham Common in south London at around 2am on September 25 when the man sexually assaulted her before she had a chance to fight him off.

Police hunting the suspect released an e-fit image on Thursday of a man they want to identify following the attack

The assault happened in a street just off the main road between Clapham and Brixton where 33-year-old marketing executive Ms Everard was kidnapped, then brutally murdered by serving Met Police officer Wayne Couzens in March this year.

Couzens was given a full-life sentence for his sickening crimes.

Six months later this latest victim was walking along a residential street called Englewood Road when she was attacked.

After noticing a man following her, she stopped to look for something in her bag, and as she did so the attacker struck her from behind, grabbing and sexually assaulted her.

The woman fought back by shouting at the man to get away from her and he walked off towards nearby Clapham Common, the Metropolitan Police have said.

In the hope of finding the man responsible, Detective Constable Annie Henry of the Central South Command Unit said today: "We are releasing this e-fit in the hope that someone recognises the person pictured.

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"This attack would have been terrifying for the woman and we are continuing to support her as our investigation continues.

"If you can assist our investigation, please don't hesitate to contact police – this man needs to be identified and held to account for his actions."

Anyone with information that could help the investigation can call 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 1268/25Sep, or anonymous call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  • Sarah Everard
  • MET Police
  • London
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