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Hunt for rapist in park night attack

Woman in her 40s had been walking through secluded area of Finsbury Park – police earlier called for park to close at night over safety concerns

20 July, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

A WOMAN was raped in a secluded area of Finsbury Park last week.

The victim, in her 40s, was walking through the park when she was attack­ed near the gate opposite Finsbury Park Road.

Police said the offence happened between 10.40pm on Wednesday, July 11, and 8am the following morning.

The Friends of Finsbury Park revealed this week that at least half of the 250 park users they surveyed this year felt either “safe” or “very unsafe”. They launched the online consultation after 22-year-old Luliana Tudos was murdered in Finsbury Park on Christmas Eve. Kasim Lewis, 31, is serving a life sentence after dumping her body in an outhouse.

In May, police called for the park to close at night following the killing.

The group plans to meet Hornsey MP Catherine West today (Friday) to discuss how safety in the park can be improved.

A spokeswoman for Haringey Council, which manages the park, said it would not be comment­ing on the Friends’ concerns while police investigated the circumstances around the incident.

“We would encourage anyone with information that may help with this investigation to contact police as soon as possible. We will help the police in any way we can as they hunt for those responsible,” she added.

Detective Inspector Jimi Tele, from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said: “This nasty attack has left the victim extremely shaken. We are determined to identify those involved and bring them to justice.”

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 quoting reference cad1802/july11 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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