Police investigating the violent rape of a teenager in Bromley have named a man with a 'devil gremlin' tattoo who they wish to trace urgently.

William Trotter, 39 (01.02.1981) is believed to have links with the Bromley, Lewisham and Lambeth areas, as well as Glasgow.

Trotter is described as 5ft 6ins, with a shaved head and green eyes. One of his upper teeth is believed to be missing.

On his right arm he has a tattoo of the figure of a ‘devil gremlin’, with the name ‘Rhys’ written above and ‘Daniel’ written below.

When Trotter was last seen he was wearing a, dark blue jacket, dark trousers, a pink face mask and was holding a blue carrier bag.

The appeal comes after police were called at 12.39am on Friday, March 20, to reports of a man restraining and assaulting a woman on Turpington Lane.

Officers quickly attended and found the woman, aged in her late teens, who told officers she had been dragged into the bushes by an unknown man and raped.

The London Ambulance Service rushed the victim to a south London hospital. She suffered a head injury and two black eyes in the attack.

Officers, including the Met’s Dog Unit, with assistance from the National Police Air Service searched the area but there was no trace of the suspect.

The victim is being supported by specially trained officers.

Detective Chief Inspector Dan O’Sullivan said: “Following a previous appeal we would now urgently like to speak to William Trotter in connection with this investigation.

"Anyone seeing Trotter should not approach him, but should dial 999 immediately.

“This is an inquiry into the violent rape of a young woman and I would ask anyone with any information to search their conscience and do the right thing by calling police. If you do not want to give your name you can call Crimestoppers, who will not ask for your details, but however you want to do it, call and tell us what you know.”

“In the meantime we are asking women who are walking alone to remain vigilant and to report anything suspicious to police – always call 999 in an emergency.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or contact police via Twitter @MetCC. Please quote CAD 181/20MAR.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.