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Search for Dagenham rape-attempt suspect

Police have released footage of a man they want to speak to in connection with the attempted rape of a woman in east London.

At about 18:20 GMT on 6 March the woman got off the EL2 bus in Wood Lane opposite Morrisons supermarket in Dagenham.

The suspect followed the woman, grabbed her from behind and threw her to the ground, taking his jeans off.

The woman punched the man's stomach and a passing driver stopped and called police as the suspect ran off.

CCTV images show the suspect on the bus.

He is described as being in his 30s with fair hair and a short brown beard. He was wearing a grey long-sleeved top over a white shirt and blue jeans.

Det Con Mat James said: ""The woman is very shaken from her ordeal. She was able to shout for help and use self-defence to flee from her attacker.

"We are keen to identify the man in the CCTV footage so we can speak to him about the incident. We would also urge anyone who witnessed the incident to contact us."

  • 17 Mar
  • From the section London