Young woman targeted in ‘atrocious’ sex assault while passed out in park

A young woman was subjected to an "atrocious" sexual assault after passing out in a London park.

The Metropolitan Police are appealing for information from the public regarding the horror attack, releasing CCTV images of four men they'd like to speak to.

Police said the victim, who is in her 20s, had spent the evening of July 31 at a bar in Stockwell, south London, before the incident in question.

She left the venue at approximately 2am to head to a nearby park with four men, believed to be friends with one another, who she'd met during her night out.

The group walked to Slade Gardens where they proceeded to continue chatting and drinking alcohol.

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Shortly afterwards, at around 2.30am, the woman lost consciousness.

Police believe this is when the sexual assault happened.

When she woke up she was alone and discovered her bank cards had been stolen, according to Scotland Yard.

On Friday detectives released CCTV images of four men they would like to speak to regarding the assault.

Detective Constable Colette Daoud, investigating, said: "This was an atrocious attack on a lone woman who was targeted late at night and subjected to serious sexual violence.

"We are requesting the public's help to identify the men pictured. If you recognise any of these men, please come forward and speak to us.

"If you have any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, it is vital you get in touch."

In August 2020 three men aged 45, 46 and 33 were arrested on suspicion of rape in relation to the incident in Slade Gardens.

They have since been released under investigation.

Anyone with information or who recognises the men in the CCTV footage is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference CAD 4055/01AUG20.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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