CCTV appeal after attempted rape in West Ham

Detectives are appealing for help and information to urgently find a man who tried to rape a woman in West Ham.

The woman, aged in her 30s, was approached by a stranger on Saturday June 1 at about 10:30pm in Paul Street, E15, close to the junction with West Ham Lane.

The man approached the woman, then followed her, before grabbing her from behind and attempting to rape her.

Officers arrived at the scene within minutes, but the man had left the area. It is believed he ran away from Paul Street in the direction of West Ham Lane after the woman screamed for help.

He is described as white, 5ft 8ins tall and of medium build with dark hair and a beard. He was wearing a light denim jacket, a dark v-neck T-shirt and dark trousers.

Met officers have carried out a range of enquiries following the attack, including an extensive CCTV trawl resulting on the release this image.

If you were in the area of Paul Street, E15 at the time of the attack or have any information that could assist police then please call 101 or ‘X’ @MetCC and quote reference CAD 7635/01Jun24

You can also provide information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.