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16th Oct 2021

Man tries to strangle woman, 20, with metal chain in London park

Charlie Herbert

Police are appealing for information about the incident.

Police have released an e-fit of a man who tried to strangle a woman with a metal chain in a London park.

The incident took place at around 11.30am on Friday, September 10 in Hornchurch Country Park, East London.

According to the Met, the woman in her 20s was sat on a bench when the man came up behind her and placed a chain around her neck, attempting to strangle her. The woman was able to free herself and ran away.

The man is described as being black with slicked back black hair. He was wearing dark clothing and wearing smart pointed shoes.

Police have now released a computerised image of the suspect, which you can see at the top of this page, and have issued a fresh appeal for information and witnesses.

PC Andy Tyler, from the local policing team in Havering, said: “This was a terrifying attack on a lone woman and I know it will cause concern among the wider community.

“We have increased patrols in the area since the incident and I can assure you that we are doing all we can to track down the man responsible.”

Anyone who recognises the man in the image is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 2976/10Sep.