Attempted Boris Bike rape: Hackney Police release CCTV image of man they want to talk to

The man police want to speak to

The man police want to speak to - Credit: Archant

Police investigating the attempted rape of a woman in Hackney have issued a CCTV still of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

The image shows a white man riding on a Barclays Cycle Hire Bike in Hackney Road shortly before the incident, which occurred at around 2.45am on Tuesday November 20, 2012

A 28-year-old woman was walking along Goldsmith’s Row, Haggerston when she was approached by a man riding a Barclays Cycle Hire bicycle, around 40 metres from the junction with Hackney Road.

He allegedly robbed her before trying to rape her until he was disturbed by passers-by and rode off towards Broadway Market.

Officers have traced the passers-by who disturbed the attacker but are keen to speak to anyone else who was in the area at the time of the incident, or anyone who may recognise the man pictured on the bicycle.

The man is described as aged between 25-35 years, at least 6 feet tall and of muscular build.

Anyone who saw a man on a Barclays Cycle Hire bike hanging around the area of Hackney Road and Goldsmith’s Row around this time should contact the Sapphire Unit on 020 7275 3489, quoting crime reference 4631093/12.

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