Police appeal after woman, 18, sexually assaulted in Dagenham

The footbridge between Reede Road and Blackbourne Road, Dagenham. Picture: Google

The footbridge between Reede Road and Blackbourne Road, Dagenham. Picture: Google - Credit: Google

A young woman had her mobile phone stolen in Dagenham yesterday after fighting off a stranger who sexually assaulted her when she ignored him.

The 18-year-old victim’s attacker reportedly made off with her mobile phone during the assault near Pondfield Park.

The suspect, described as a black man in his late teens or early 20s, was struck on the mouth, cutting his lip on the right-hand side.

Officers said the woman was walking home at about 1.30pm when the man unsuccessfully tried to strike up a conversation on the footbridge between Reede Road and Blackbourne Road.

Undeterred, he walked behind her over the bridge before sexually assaulting her.


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The man, allegedly of slim build with curly short brown hair and yellow, crooked teeth, reportedly wore a black jacket, grey hoodie and dark trousers at the time of the attack.

He may also have a cut or bruising to his face.

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With enquiries ongoing and no arrests made, police ask anyone with information to contact 101 quoting CAD 3730/6Sept.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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