Woman raped at gunpoint

POLICE are hunting a group of youths who gang-raped a woman and then robbed her at gunpoint in the East End of London.

The 31-year-old woman, a prostitute, was held down by six or seven youths with a gun pointed at her head, while eight others raped her in a street near Brick Lane. She was also robbed of about pounds 50 before the gang, described as Asians aged between 15 and 18, ran off after the attack in Green Dragon Yard, Bethnal Green, last Friday night.

Police have warned other prostitutes in the Commercial Street area - which has been used for prostitution for hundreds of years and was once Jack the Ripper's patch - to be on their guard.