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Police hunt for man 'with hamster cheeks' after woman is strangled, dragged by her hair and raped in a park

Police are trying to track down a man described as having 'hamster-like cheeks' after a woman was attacked and raped in a park in north London.

CCTV image of a man 'with hamster-like cheeks' Credit: Metropolitan Police

The victim, a sex worker in her late 40s, approached a man on Green Lanes in Haringey. He asked to go somewhere more secluded where she was forced to the floor, strangled, threatened with a knife and dragged along by her hair.

She was carrying a rape alarm, which was taken away from her and disabled.

CCTV image of a man 'with hamster-like cheeks' Credit: Metropolitan Police

The victim was then sexually assaulted and raped in Chestnuts Park, off St Ann’s Road. Police describe the man they're looking for as:

  • Black, about 5ft 9in tall, of medium build, with short afro hair and a London accent
  • He is also described as having hamster-like cheeks, with a round face, prominent cheek bones and elongated front teeth
  • The attack happened between 2am and 3am on Sunday, 9 September 2012

The victim was utterly traumatised by this nasty attack and continues to receive support from specialists.

We want to speak to this man in connection with the incident, so I urge anyone who recognises him or thinks they may know who he is to contact us or Crimestoppers now.

– DC Karl Dines, Investigating Officer

Anyone with information can call the MPS Homicide and Serious Crime Command on 020 8345 3819 or email them at