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Woman raped next to derelict pub in Tower Hamlets

Site of former African Queen pub Image copyright Google
Image caption The man carried on despite residents saying the police had been called

A man who dragged a woman to an area next to derelict pub and raped her after she got off a night bus in east London is wanted by the police.

The woman was walking on Duff Street, Tower Hamlets, at about 04:25 GMT on Thursday after getting off the N15 bus following a night out with friends.

The Met said she was grabbed from behind and dragged to a waste ground next to the former African Queen pub.

The man then sexually assaulted her before stealing her money.

Her calls for help were heard by some residents and police were called but the man had already run off towards East India Dock Road when officers arrived.

'Brazenly ignored warnings'

The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s who was wearing a hooded top.

The victim, who is also in her 20s, is receiving support from trained officers.

Det Sgt Ian Valentine said: "This was a particularly violent attack, with the suspect brazenly ignoring warnings from local residents that police were being called and continuing with the assault.

"Thankfully incidents of this nature are extremely rare and we are conducting numerous inquiries to trace the suspect.

"Extra patrols have also been put in place in the area to provide reassurance."

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police.

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