September 24 2014
– Police have stepped up patrols after a boy of 11 was allegedly dragged from a London street in broad daylight and raped.
The horrific incident is believed to have happened in the stairwell of a building.
Within hours of the attack, a 42-year-old man was arrested and has been bailed to return in mid October.
A second man, aged 22, has also been arrested following the incident, which involved a Jewish boy who was on his way to school.
The second man has been questioned by members of Scotland Yard’s sexual offences exploitation and child abuse command.
He has also been bailed until October.
Details of two other incidents – described as “attempted abductions” – which are alleged to have taken place in the area on the same day are understood to have been passed to detectives.
The alleged 11-year-old rape victim is understood to have been approached in Old Hill Street in Stamford Hill, North London.
Police Superintendent Andy Walker from Hackney Police said: “These sorts of offences are thankfully very rare in this area, but they are particularly upsetting incidents and I understand the effect this may have on the people of Stamford Hill.”
He added: “Detectives from our specialist crime teams are investigating and you will see extra police patrols in the area over the next few days.”
Schools have warned parents to be extra vigilant following the attack on September 14.
Members of the Jewish community patrol group Shomrim have also sent out a warning to parents.
They told mums and dads to remind children never to accept food or gifts from a stranger – even if they are friendly and do not look suspicious.
A Scotland Yard spokesmen said: “Inquiries are continuing”.
– Gareth Roberts