Cops: Girl, 17, Separated From Friends Is Assaulted 3 Times

London police say the attacks started just before midnight on Sept. 29
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2017 10:02 AM CDT
Cops: Girl, 17, Separated From Friends Is Assaulted 3 Times
CCTV image of the second alleged attacker.   (Twitter/Metropolitan Police)

A 17-year-old girl who became separated from friends after a night out experienced the unthinkable in East London, say police: three sexual assaults within a 60-minute period. The BBC reports the teen was seen on surveillance footage in the area just before midnight on Sept. 29. She was being carried by a man who is believed to have assaulted her on Cambridge Heath Road; items of her clothing were found in the area. Just after midnight, more footage shows her being followed down another street by a man wheeling a bicycle who police say was her second attacker. In the third alleged attack, thought to have occurred minutes later around 12:45, as many as three men may have been involved.

Of that final incident, the Evening Standard reports CCTV shows a third, possibly bow-legged, man meeting up with two "other figures" and then seemingly lowering himself to a spot between parked cars. Someone ultimately came upon the girl and called the police. "We believe two of the three were very serious sexual assaults indeed, and are determined to catch the persons responsible for these hideous crimes," says Detective Inspector Suzanne Jordan. Video showing two suspects taken from the CCTV has been released (BuzzFeed reports the video from Cambridge Health Road wasn't released due to quality issues), and police note that toxicology tests are underway as they believe the teen may have been drugged.
(More sexual assault stories.)

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