Police name busker as suspect in Shropshire rape case

Thomas Anthony Fleet
Image caption Mr Fleet has links to several places in England and Wales

Police investigating the rape of a teenage girl are trying to trace a busker they have named as a suspect.

Thomas Anthony Fleet, 22, is thought to be living rough in southern England and making money on the street playing an acoustic guitar and a penny whistle.

West Mercia Police say Mr Fleet has links to London, Surrey, Wiltshire, Dorset, Avon and Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and south Wales.

The rape happened at a house in a Shropshire village last October.

An appeal was made on the BBC Crimewatch programme on Tuesday night.

Distinctive rucksack

Det Insp Sarah Wagstaff said: "We believe he is living rough, travelling around the country and using a cover story that he is hiding from police over a burglary.

"We believe he is making his way around by various means, using public transport, hitch-hiking and by foot, raising money through busking, playing an acoustic guitar and a penny whistle."

Mr Fleet is described as white, 5ft 4in tall with straight brown hair.

Police think he could be carrying a distinctive Peter Storm 75-litre green and black rucksack.

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