A 17-year-old girl was drugged and sexually assaulted in three separate attacks as she tried to make her way home from a night out.
"We believe two of the three were very serious sexual assaults indeed, and are determined to catch the persons responsible for these ugly crimes", Jordan said, urging anyone who can identify the suspects from the surveillance footage to contact police.
The terrifying trio of attacks unfolded between 11:55 p.m. September 29 and 12:55 a.m. September 30 after the student became separated from her friends following a jaunt to the Tower Hamlets nightclub and attempted to get to her central London home, the Metropolitan Police said.
Police are hunting the men behind the separate assaults which took place over the period of just one hour and have released images and CCTV of two of the men taken from different cameras that have helped them track the girl's movements at the time of the attack.
Right before midnight on September 29, the 17-year-old was shown on a surveillance camera being carried by a man in dark clothing down Cambridge Heath Road in Tower Hamlets, after which the two went through a doorway.
Shortly later, another surveillance camera found the girl on Main Street, stumbling down the block while being followed by a different man on a bicycle.
Images released by police show the man wearing a baseball cap backwards, a hooded zip jacket and a plain T-shirt underneath.
Footage shows the man wearing dark clothing, taking her down Cambridge Heath Road. He has dark pants and a bag on his back. Clothing belonging to the girl was later found...
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The man attacks her and the footage shows her emerging from the episode with her clothing disheveled.
Minutes later, about 12.45am (4:15am IST), detectives believe the victim suffered a third attack, this time possibly involving two or three men.
After midnight, another camera picked up the girl walking down Mint Street, followed by another man, suspect 2, on a racing bike.
When the next camera picked her up a short time later, the man approached her and they reached Corfield Street. The CCTV captures a third, different man (suspect 3) walking down Cornfield Street and joining two other figures seen in the distance in outline shadow under some trees. In the footage, he appears to bend down towards a spot on the kerb in between some parked cars. Detectives believe it is at this point where the victim was sexually assaulted. Suspect 3 is seen walking unevenly, with a distinctive gait, and is possibly bow-legged.
After the third attack, the teenager was spotted lying on the ground in Cornfield Street by a member of the public who dialled 999.
Detective Inspector Suzanne Jordan, from the Met's child abuse and sexual offences command, said: "This is a horrific multiple sexual assault on an young female who was simply making her way home after a night out".
They also believe it is possible that she was drugged, and are in the process of conducting toxicology tests. I would urge anyone who recognizes either male in these images to contact us as a matter of urgency.
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