Knife hoodie assaults woman at Dagenham leisure park

Police have renewed an appeal to trace a knife thug who sexually assaulted a middle-aged woman at Dagenham Leisure Park.

The hoodie, thought to be in his twenties, attacked the 47-year-old then stole her handbag near Pizza Hut in Cook Road.

Police said he pounced on the woman at 6.50am on February 3 and made off along Richard Ryan Place towards Goresbrook Road.

A Met spokesman said: “A man approached her from behind and threatened her with a knife.

“The man then sexually assaulted her and stole the woman’s handbag before making off.

“Police are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area of the leisure park or Goresbrook Road at the time.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 020 8345 2935 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.