Page last updated at 16:14 GMT, Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Girl, 12, raped on way to school

Map showing Leytonstone

A 12-year-old girl has been raped on her way to school in east London.

The schoolgirl was grabbed by a man on Tuesday morning on Worsley Road, Leytonstone.

She was then dragged into a front garden and attacked. Police said the victim had been left "deeply traumatised" by the assault.

A 19-year-old man arrested on Tuesday night on suspicion of rape remains in police custody. Police are appealing for witnesses.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the victim was approached by the man at about 0825 GMT and started to talk to her before she was attacked.

Busy area

The victim had got off a bus in Leytonstone High Road and was walking along Cann Hall Road. She was grabbed at the junction with Worsley Road.

Det Insp Declan Williams said: "This is a busy area at a busy time of day and we would appeal for anyone with information or who saw anything suspicious to please come forward.

"The victim remembers seeing a woman on the opposite side of the road shortly before she was attacked - if that woman was you please contact us.

"The victim, who is just 12 years old, has naturally been left deeply traumatised by what has happened."

The rapist is described as black, aged in his teens with a tattoo on his right hand and riding a yellow bike.

He wore a dark jacket zipped up over his face.

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