|Teenager Raped Outside West 12 Shopping Centre|
Seventeen-year-old victim was approached by her attackers while shopping in Westfield
A teenage girl has been raped after being meeting her attacker in the Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush.
On Thursday, 27 October, the victim and her friend were approached by two men whilst shopping. The men identified themselves as 'Mohamed Said' and 'Ahmed', although it is not known whether these were their real names.
After spending some time together, the group made their way to central London before returning to Shepherd's Bush Green by bus. The men attempted to make the women drink from a bottle of vodka, which they declined.
At approximately 3.45am the following morning, the women were split up by the men and 'Ahmed' forced the 17-year-old victim towards an entrance to West 12 Shopping Centre where he raped her.
The two women quickly left the area and made their way home where they contacted police.
Detectives from the Met's Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command launched an investigation and provided the woman with specialist support.
'Ahmed' is described as 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build with black spiky hair. He spoke with broken English. He was wearing blue jeans, a dark bomber jacket and light trainers.
Detective Constable Rebecca Thomas, said, "These two men took advantage of the victim and her friend. They lured them both into a false sense of security before trying to ply them with alcohol; which the women refused.
"I would appeal to anyone who recognises the man to contact police. I would also like to speak with anyone who saw him in the company of the other man - who called himself Mohamed Saif - and two women over the course of Thursday, 27 and Friday, 28 October.
"The four of them travelled by bus and were in the Haymarket area of Westminster before returning to Shepherd’s Bush."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0208 733 5009 or via 101. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
December 9, 2016