Police hunt three rapists who attacked young woman as she walked through green in late-night attack


Police hunt three rapists who attacked a young woman as she walked through green in late-night attack

  • A woman was attacked as she walked through the grass area between Nutfield Road and Battlebridge Lane, known as Crossways Rest Gardens, in Merstham
  • Surrey police are appealing for witnesses or locals who may have CCTV of area
  • The ambush and rape was between 10.50pm and 11.45pm on Thursday night 

A major police hunt for three rapists is underway tonight after a young woman was attacked as she walked through local gardens.

The three men ambushed and raped the victim as she walked through the grass area between Nutfield Road and Battlebridge Lane, known as Crossways Rest Gardens, in Merstham, Surrey, between 10.50pm and 11.45pm on Thursday night.

The woman managed to flee later and contacted police in the early hours of Friday morning.

Detectives were today asking local residents to check their home CCTV cameras and doorbell video footage in case any of the trio of men had been captured on screen.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: ‘We are appealing for witnesses to assist with an ongoing rape investigation in Merstham.

‘Officers were called this morning following reports of a woman being raped in Merstham.

Three men ambushed and raped a young woman as she walked through the grass area (pictured) between Nutfield Road and Battlebridge Lane in Merstham, Surrey, on Thursday night

Three men ambushed and raped a young woman as she walked through the grass area (pictured) between Nutfield Road and Battlebridge Lane in Merstham, Surrey, on Thursday night

‘The victim was walking through the grass area between Nutfield Road and Battlebridge Lane (known as Crossways Rest Gardens) between 10.50pm and 11:45pm last night (Thurs) when she was approached by three men and raped.’

Detective Inspector Mark Butterworth said: ‘This investigation is in the early stages and we have officers out carrying out multiple inquiries.

‘We are appealing to local residents and shop owners who may have CCTV around the area, or to anyone driving through the area between 22:50 and 23:45 and may have dashcam footage, to contact us as a matter of urgency.

‘As well as this, if you were near Crossways Rest Gardens or surrounding roads in particular Battlebridge Lane and Nutfield Road and witnessed anything suspicious, please get in touch.

‘There will be an increased police presence in the area and I would like to reassure the public that our Sexual Offences Investigation Team supported by local officers, are doing everything possible to thoroughly investigate.’

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