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Police in London appeal after woman in her 70s is beaten and raped at home

The victim has described the suspect as a white man, who was about 5ft 8ins tall, with short brown hair.

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DETECTIVES FROM THE Met Police’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command have launched an investigation after an elderly woman was raped at her home.

The woman was at home in the Purley area of the English capital yesterday when she a man knocked on her door at around 7.50am.

After she had opened the door, the man forced it open with his foot and entered the house.

There, he attacked her, injuring her face, before raping her.

The man then left the address and the woman alerted the emergency services.

The victim has described the suspect as a white man, who was about 5ft 8ins tall, with short brown hair.

He spoke with what was possibly a Scottish accent and had a tattoo or a mark on his neck, and a tattoo on the left side of his chest, which was described as circular.

Detective Inspector Keith Ward of the Met Police said specialist officers are working on the case.

“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 alive to the fact 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.

Police are asking anyone with information to call them on +44 20 8721 4106; or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on +44 800 555 111.

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