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Woman raped at knifepoint

A 29-year-old woman was threatened with a large kitchen knife and then raped as she walked along a road in south London.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after the attack in Lewisham on Sunday.

Police were called at about 2.45am. The woman was attacked while walking along Ashwater Road The suspect fled in the direction of Baring Road.

He is described as a black man, who was 5ft 10ins tall. He was wearing a blue hooded top, believed to be an 'Adidas' make with stripes down the arm. He was also wearing a sky blue 'bucket hat' and black woollen fingerless gloves.

No one has been arrested and the investigation is ongoing.

War memorial vandalism being treated as arson

Police filled up buckets with water and managed to remove the soot that had settled and erase any visible signs of damage.

Detectives are treating the incident as arson and they are combing CCTV. No arrests have been made.

It comes less than a week before the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war against Germany in 1914.

Officers clean soot from the memorial Credit: Met Police

It is very rare a memorial is vandalised and is naturally an emotive subject. This Sunday see's the Eve of the outbreak of WW1 and it is particularly insensitive that someone should vandalise a war memorial which helps us remember the sacrifice that many Men and Women made from around the British Empire.

Lewisham's diverse community reflects those nations that valiantly contributed and therefore the conflict of 1914-18 is a shared community experience. Let us all take a moment to reflect on that and the commemorations.

– Superintendent Neil Evans, Lewisham Police
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