Search

Boy commended for helping catch Orpington graveyard rapist

James Osborne receiving his commendation today (Picture: Metropolitan Police/Facebook)

James Osborne receiving his commendation today (Picture: Metropolitan Police/Facebook)

Archant

A 14-year-old boy who helped catch a rapist who savagely attacked a woman at knifepoint in an Orpington graveyard has been commended by the Met.

James Osborne spotted rapist James Isted dragging his victim from a footpath leading to his capture and conviction (Picture: Metropolitan Police)James Osborne spotted rapist James Isted dragging his victim from a footpath leading to his capture and conviction (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

James Osborne, a Volunteer Police Cadet, spotted James Isted dragging his victim from a footpath in May 2013.

He called officers who were able to surround All Saints Church in minutes and find Isted hiding behind a wall.

After being chased through the rear gardens of the houses backing onto the church the 27-year-old was caught, despite putting up a violent struggle and injuring an officer.

Police found the victim’s engagement ring and bank cards in his possession.

Today James was commended for his ‘outstanding public spirit and determination’ in ensuring Isted was caught.

Bromley Borough Commander Steph Roberts thanked him and seven police officers in a ceremony.

She said: “Special mention needs to be made in recognition of the public spirited and decisive quick thinking of James Osborne, as this led officers to the scene of the rape.

“His intervention assisted our officers identifying the suspect and more importantly led to evidence that actually assisted in us securing the conviction at Court.

“James is probably our future, he’s one of our Volunteer Police Cadets and it’s an absolute honour to commend him today.”

Isted was sentenced to life in prison at Croydon Crown Court in February for the attack and another rape in the same churchyard back in 2011.

The Met admitted they ‘made mistakes’ in the case, after he was arrested but not charged for the first crime, leaving him free to commit an almost identical offence 18 months later.

In the first attack, he crept up behind his 17-year-old victim as she walked along Church Hill late at night and hit her on the back of the head, dragging her into the church and subjecting to her to a prolonged rape before fleeing with her handbag and phone.

Isted was told he was no longer on police bail because of ‘a lack of evidence’ by officers in August 2012.

After he was found guilty by a jury in December 2013 of five charges of rape, robbery and assaulting a police officer, the Met said they could have stopped him attacking again.

A spokesman said they had apologised to the victim, and the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards were looking into their original investigation.

Latest News Stories

51 minutes ago
Muslim mothers against Isis extremism making a stand in London's East End

Muslim women have come together to “make a stand” in London’s East End against Isis and fight radicalisation in the community, after four schoolgirls fled top Syria.

16:09
Volunteers clearing litter by the railway arches at Bethnal Green's Fleet Street Hill

Volunteers were busy tidying up the back streets under the railway arches where rubbish is always being dumped.

14:32
Waiting to be rehoused by the council... a firecrest snapped by birdspotter DavidDarrell-Lambert at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park on March 4

Council housing is now being created in London’s East End—for the birds.

11:19
Richard Long's first show at Whitechapel in 1971 and [inset] today at 70, presented Gallery's Art Icon award

Artist Richard Long has been awarded the 2015 Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon at a gala dinner honouring his lifetime achievement in sculpture, performance and photography.

Most read news

Competitions

Munch on a tasy three course dinner at The Refinery!

“Where to go for a drink near Great Portland Street?” was previously met with blank expressions and shrugs for those local to the area, not anymore, thanks to the opening of The Refinery at Regent’s Place, the eighth bar and restaurant from hugely-successful group Drake & Morgan.

Funky adidias iPhone cases up for grabs!

We’ve teamed up with adidas Originals to give away four iPhone 5/5s cases.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Docklands and East London Advertiser e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder