OAP, 69, raped in park in broad day light as police aim to track down joggers

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Police are urgently appealing for witnesses after a pensioner was raped in a park.

A 69-year-old woman was attacked around 6.30pm in Neasden Recreation Ground, Brent, north London, on July 31.

The rape was reported to the Metropolitan Police on August 2.

A man was arrested on August 7 and swiftly charged with rape and possession of an offensive weapon.

Police hope potential witnesses will come forward to assist them with their enquiries.

The victim described speaking after the attack to three women using an outdoor gym at the time as well as a male jogger running in the park.

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She described the jogger as being black and in his 30s, while the women are about 19.

Two were wearing hijabs and the other was short, wearing blue jeans and a black t-shirt.

Detective Inspector Richard Lewsley said: "We would really like to speak to these four people as they spoke to the woman and they may have some key information to help this investigation.

"I would urge them, or anyone who was in Neasden Recreation Ground at around 6.30pm on 31 July, to come forward and contact police."

Neasden Recreation Ground is immediately north of the North Circular, in between Neasden town centre and Brent Cross.

The park's outdoor gym is by the southwest edge of the park.

It is next to Neasden Recreation Kids Playground, which backs onto Aboyne Road.

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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