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Police investigating a report of rape and assault of a woman are appealing for two witnesses to come forward.

On 15 July it was reported to police that a woman, in her 20s, had been assaulted and raped by a man in the Wapping area.

It was reported the woman had been walking along the riverside near the Prospect of Whitby pub between 19.00hrs and 20.30hrs when she was assaulted by a man.

A woman came out of her house nearby to see what was going on. Police would like to trace this woman.

It was reported the man also took the woman’s phone and ran off and a male cyclist then intervened. Police would like to trace this cyclist.

It is alleged the woman was then raped by the man on Thames Pathway Beach.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101, quoting CAD 2136/15Jul, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, 100% anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

= A man has been charged with offences including rape and remanded in custody ahead of a trial.