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Appeal after rape of 15-yr-old girl in Carshalton

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a 15-year-old girl was raped in Carshalton. Officers were called to Grove Park at around 8.30pm yesterday. The victim was taken to a Haven where she is being provided with the support of specially trained staff.

The suspect, who was not known to the victim, is described as a black man, aged in his late 20s or early 30s, of broad build and approximately 5ft 10inches tall. He was described as wearing a black hooded jacket and shorts.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call officers at the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command on 0208 721 4106 or via 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via

Local police have increased neighbourhood patrols in the vicinity and these will continue while the incident is investigated


Man pistol-whipped during burglary in Carshalton

Police are hunting two men who broke into a house in Carshalton and attacked the couple who lived there this morning. The husband was hit with a handgun and cut on the hand with a knife when he attempted to struggle with the burglars. The couple were then tied up and the two men stole some cash and keys before leaving.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sutton Police station on 0208 649 0735 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

This was a terrifying burglary committed by two men who used a high level violence against the victims. I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or has information on what happened to come forward as soon as possible.

– Detective Sergeant Julian Phillips, Sutton CID

Pensioner fights for life after being hit by car

A man in his 70s is in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a car in south London.

Police are trying to identify the pensioner who was knocked down in Acre Lane, Carshalton, at around 4pm yesterday afternoon.

They say the driver stopped at the scene and has not been arrested.

The man is described as white, bald and he was wearing glasses.

He also wore a blue Racing Green sports jacket, a blue, black and white patterned jumper, a dark blue baseball cap, and Ecco walking shoes.

He was carrying an orange Sainsburys carrier bag.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police have asked anyone with information about the man or the incident itself should call them on 101, quoting reference CAD6256/1.

Mortuary fridge failure

St Helier Hospital in Carshalton. Credit: London Tonight.

An investigation is underway after a mortuary fridge containing the bodies of five children broke down.

The unit at St Helier Hospital in Carshalton stopped working for 36 hours last Friday.

There are now fears the breakdown may affect future post mortems, making it hard to establish a cause of death.

Monuments that have fallen victim to metal theft

Over the last few years, thieves have targeted war memorials in Enfield, Lewisham and Surrey.

Brass plaques were ripped off the war memorial in Carshalton last year, apparently taken for their scrap metal value.

They were eventually replaced thanks to a £20,000 donation from a scrap metal dealer, who had been outraged by the theft.

The Carshalton war memorial following the theft. Credit: London Tonight.

The garden of remembrance at Broomfield Park in Enfield was also attacked in 2009.

In total, 16 brass plaques - containing the names of 15,000 war dead - were wrenched off the walls of the monuments.

The Broomfield Park war memorial after the theft in 2009. Credit: London Tonight
The Broomfield Park war memorial after the theft in 2009. Credit: Tonight.