Rape did not happen near Peckham Rye station, say police

A rape that was originally believed to have been committed near Peckham Rye station last week did not actually happen in the area, police have announced.

On January 13 at around 10.20pm, officers said that an 18-year-old was walking down an alleyway off Elm Grove near Peckham Rye railway station in Southwark when she was approached from behind by two men.

Police said the pair took the teenager to Holly Grove, where she was attacked.

But more than a week later, police have said the crime did not happen in the area described or in the Peckham area.

A spokesman for the Met police said: “As a result of enquiries and information from the victim, detectives have established that the crime did not happen at the location which was originally given, or in the Peckham area.

“Detectives are working closely with the victim to establish all the facts, and together with the local council we will inform and continue to support our communities as soon as more information is known.

“Police take all sexual offences extremely seriously.

“Numerous and extensive enquiries have taken place and we continue to investigate the allegation in view of the new information provided.

“We continue to support the victim survivor in partnership with specialist services.”

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