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Eltham Man convicted for series of SE London rapes

A man from Eltham has been convicted of a number of rapes and sexual assaults earlier this year.

Alan Green, 39 of Thanington Court in Eltham was found guilty yesterday at Woolwich Crown Court.

According to police he was found guilty “of one count of digital penetration and one count of attempted rape in relation to an incident in Blackheath”.

He was also found guilty of “three counts of rape and two counts of digital penetration in relation to an incident in Tunnel Avenue in Greenwich” on the footbridge approach leading to Ikea and the Odeon.

The police state:

“The court heard that at 04:30hrs on Saturday, 9 March, a woman in her 50s was on her way to work walking across Blackheath Common when she saw a man sitting on a bench. A bike was resting next to him. The victim was not immediately alarmed as she was used to cyclists being in the area at that time

However as she got closer to him, the man got up and started walking towards her with the bike. The suspect then approached the victim and pushed her to the ground, where he attempted to rape her before fleeing the scene on his bicycle.

The victim briefly fought with the man to get her bag back as he fled. Terrified and traumatised, she then made her way to work and alerted colleagues, who informed police.

At 02:00hrs on Saturday, 2 June, a woman in her 20s was talking on the phone to a friend as she approached a footbridge near Tunnel Avenue, SE10.

She became aware of a man who passed her before turning back on himself, which alarmed her. The victim was then grabbed by the man. She tried to fight him off but was pulled into a bush, where she was raped three times. The suspect then fled on a bicycle.

The victim was able to return home, where she alerted police.

An investigation was launched, and officers identified Green through forensic evidence as being the person responsible. He was arrested at his home on Wednesday, 19 June. He answered no comment during interview.

Detective Constable Andrew Sumpter, the investigating officer, said: “These two women were going about their daily lives when they were subjected to the most horrendous ordeals, in which they feared for their lives.

“Green is an opportunistic monster, as well as a total coward who denied his actions and so made the victims have to re-live what happened to them through the court process.

“Their bravery throughout has been nothing short of astonishing, and I am truly grateful for them for supporting our investigation, which has resulted in this conviction. I hope in time that this will help bring this horrible matter to a close for them.

“I would like to praise the team who led this investigation and worked so hard to bring justice to the victims. My colleagues especially in the Met’s Forensic Services deserve our utmost gratitude for the invaluable work they do in helping us catch criminals.

“I hope Green will now spend a very long time in prison.”

He will be sentenced on 13 January 2020.

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