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Police are hunting for two men after a teenage girl said she was raped by the entrance to a shopping centre in west London.

The 17-year-old victim was attacked outside West 12 shopping centre in Shepherd's Bush.

Detectives said the girl had been with her friend in the adjacent Westfield shopping centre on Thursday 27 October when the pair were approached by two men, who called themselves "Mohamed Said" and "Ahmed".

After spending some time together the group made their way to Haymarket in central London before returning to Shepherd's Bush Green by bus, where the men tried to make the women drink from a bottle of vodka, which they refused.

At around 3.45am the following morning, police say the women were split up by the men and the individual who called himself "Ahmed" forced the teenage victim to an entrance of West 12 Shopping Centre where he raped her.

The two women quickly fled home after the attack and contacted police.

Officers have appealed for anyone who may know either of the men to come forward.

"Ahmed" is described as 5ft 9in tall, of medium build with black spiky hair. He spoke with broken English. He was wearing blue jeans, a dark bomber jacket and light trainers.

Detective Constable Rebecca Thomas, of the Met Police, said:"These two men took advantage of the victim and her friend. They lured them both into a false sense of security before trying to ply them with alcohol; which the women refused.

"I would appeal to anyone who recognises the man to contact police. I would also like to speak with anyone who saw him in the company of the other man – who called himself Mohamed Saif – and two women over the course of Thursday, 27 and Friday, 28 October.

"The four of them travelled by bus and were in the Haymarket area of Westminster before returning to Shepherds Bush."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0208 733 5009 or via 101. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.