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Topic: Attack this morning
Posted by: Jan Porter
Date/Time: 16/01/15 11:56:00

Gunpoint rape at churchyard


A woman was raped at gunpoint in a churchyard this morning by a man who is believed to have carried out another sex attack hours before.

The rapist was armed with a silver handgun when he forced the 22-year-old woman off the street just before 9am as she walked past St Nicholas Church in Chiswick.

The woman suffered a terrifying ordeal in the grounds of the church near to the banks of the Thames. It is an area of million-pound houses and is close to where Tim Henman used to live.

Her attacker, who is aged about 30, fled after the assault but police are unsure which direction he took. It is unclear whether the victim was beaten during the attack. Detectives said she could have been travelling to work at the time. Police said she had been extremely traumatised and was being spoken to by rape counsellors.

Detectives believe the same man struck at a churchyard in Heston, Hounslow, at 3am. A 21-year-old woman was indecently assaulted by a man matching the description of the rapist. He was also carrying a gun.

A police source said: "These were horrific attacks by a man using the secluded nature of a churchyard to prey on defenceless women.

"There is little doubt they were carried out by the same person. There is every chance this man will strike again and he needs to be stopped. We need anyone with information who may have seen this man, who does have a distinctive look, to contact police."

The police source added: "He must have been hanging round both churchyards at some point and then travelled from Heston to Chiswick, possibly by car or taxi."

Detectives said the suspect is black, 5ft 7, with long dread-locks and a goatee-style beard.

The attacks are being investigated by Hounslow CID and anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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TopicDate PostedPosted By
Attack this morning16/01/15 11:56:00 Jan Porter
   Re:Attack this morning16/01/15 12:15:00 Charlotte Kasner
      Re:Re:Attack this morning16/01/15 12:20:00 Jan Porter
   Not this morning - September 200116/01/15 12:17:00 Andy Rooney
      Re:Not this morning - September 200116/01/15 12:27:00 Jan Porter
         Re:Not this morning - September 200116/01/15 16:41:00 Ian Wylie
            Re:Re:Not this morning - September 200116/01/15 17:15:00 Kate Beard

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