Woman, 24, sexually assaulted in McDonald’s car park as detectives release e-fit

A woman was sexually assaulted in a McDonald’s car park before bravely fighting back.

Detectives investigating the incident in Newham, east London, have released an e-fit image of the man they are looking to identify.

The 24-year-old victim was returning home from a night out with a friend at around 2.30am on Friday, June 3, when she stopped at the fast food restaurant in Silvertown Way.

However, on finding it was closed she was approached by an unknown man who attacked her.

The woman – who cannot be named for legal reasons – screamed and alerted her pal prompting the man to flee in the direction of a nearby Morrisons supermarket.

The attacker has been described as being of Asian appearance and possibly aged in his mid to late 30s.

He wore glasses and had a light coloured beard.

Detective Constable Matt Wilson, from the North East Safeguarding Unit, said: “This was a terrifying attack on a woman in the middle of the night.

“She bravely managed to call out for help and in doing so caused her attacker to run away, but not before she was sexually assaulted.

“Given the time of night, the car park was not busy, but we do know there were some people in the area including delivery drivers waiting to collect orders from McDonalds.

“We also know there was a white van parked in the car park at the time.

“I would urge anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious or even just unusual, to come forward. I’d also encourage anyone who thinks they recognise the person depicted in the e-fit image to get in touch.

“We take incidents such as this extremely seriously and will follow any possible line of enquiry presented to us.

“While we have no information at this stage to indicate that this man has struck before, we cannot rule out the possibility.

“I would urge anyone who has been the victim of an assault of this nature, no matter when it took place, to call the police.

“We have specialist officers who will take your concerns seriously and provide support throughout the investigation and any judicial process that follows.”

Anyone with information should call 101 with the reference 3228/19JUN.

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.