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Appeal for witnesses after woman is raped at knife-point in north London after she was asked for cash

Appeal after woman raped at knife-point in north London. Credit: Met Police

The attack happened between 11.30pm on Thursday, 1 September 1 and 12.20pm on Friday, September, 2 in Heddingham Close, Islington.

The victim - a woman in her late 50s - was walking in Wontner Close, Islington when she was confronted by a man who asked her for some change.

This was a horrific attack on a woman who had stopped to help a stranger when he asked her for some change.

Were you in the area at the time of attack? Did you see anything suspicious?

My team are keen to hear from anyone who has information that can assist the investigation.

This was a callous attack which has left the victim very traumatised.

– DC Sarah Hunter from the Met's Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command

The woman gave the man what change she had. At this point he grabbed her by the shoulder and pushed her into Heddingham Close. Once there, the suspect pulled out a knife, and threatened her before raping her.

After the attack the suspect emptied the victim's bag onto the floor, taking valuables before making off on foot towards Popham Road, Islington.

The attack was reported to police soon after the attack and the victim was taken to a specialist care unit by attending officers.

No arrests have been made. Enquiries are ongoing.

The suspect is described as a dark-skinned black man, between 5ft 4in to 5ft 6ins of medium build wearing dark clothing, either black or dark blue. He is believed to be aged between 30 and 40 years.

  • Information to the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command on 0208 733 5999 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.