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CCTV image released in hunt for man who raped woman on New Year's Day

The victim was attacked in Ashford, Kent, at around 12.30 am on Sunday.

(Kent Police)
Police want to identify a man who was seen in Torrington Road. (Kent Police)

Detectives hunting a man who raped a woman in an underpass in the early hours of New Year's Day have released an image of a suspect.

The victim was attacked in Ashford, Kent, at around 12.30 am on Sunday.

She was reportedly raped in an underpass between Station Approach and Torrington Road.

Authorities have released a CCTV image of a man they want to identify who was seen in Torrington Road at the time.

Police tape at the cordon across a crime scene
The woman was attacked in Ashford, Kent, at around 12.30 am on Sunday. (Getty)

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Kimber, said: "Detectives investigating a reported rape in Ashford have released a CCTV image of a man who may be able to assist enquiries.

"At around 12.30am on Sunday January 1, a woman was reportedly raped in an underpass between Station Approach and Torrington Road.

"Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have since been investigating and have released an image of a man who was seen in Torrington Road around that time and who may have information."

DCI Kimber added: "I appreciate this is not the clearest image, but I am hoping someone may recognise the man pictured or it may jog someone's memory about something they saw that night."

Police are also appealing to anyone who was in the area and saw anything suspicious, to residents with private CCTV, and to motorists with dashcam footage that may assist the investigation.