Rapist attacks pensioner in her home

Purley, where the incident took place. Pic: Geographs

Purley, where the incident took place. Pic: Geographs

Detectives are appealing for information after a woman in her 70s was raped in Croydon.

The attack happened at around 7.50am on May 11 when the victim was at her home on Russell Hill Road. She opened the door to a stranger, who forced his way inside. The victim described the suspect as a white man with short brown hair at about 5’8″ tall, and is thought to have a Scottish accent.

He had a circular tattoo on the left side of his chest and a visible mark or tattoo on his neck.

Detective Inspector Keith Ward, from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “Specially trained detectives have been deployed and are supporting the woman whilst she continues to bravely provide the investigation with vital information that could help identify and arrest this man as soon as possible.

“Detectives are working around the clock and are carrying out door-to-door enquiries, gathering CCTV and speaking to anyone who was in the area at the time, to see if they saw or heard anything suspicious.

“We are totally aware that an incident like this will cause alarm to people living in the area, and I would like to provide as much reassurance as I can that detectives are doing everything we can to arrest the suspect.”

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