Appeal to trace man wanted for questioning in connection with rape offences

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information after two women were raped in north London.

Officers have also released images of a man they wish to speak with in connection with both attacks. The CCTV stills – below – show the man at Finsbury Park Station in the early hours of Tuesday, 29 August.

The first attack occurred at approximately 2:30am on Saturday, 22 July. The 22-year-old victim agreed to share a taxi from Leicester Square with the man believing it would take them to their respective homes. The taxi dropped them close to Seven Sisters Road, N4 where the suspect dragged her into a side road before raping her.

Just over a month later, a 21-year-old woman was travelling on the underground from Leicester Square when she met the suspect. He made unwanted advances towards her before forcing her on to a northbound Victoria Line train to Finsbury Park.

At approximately 00:30am on Tuesday, 29 August, the man forced her into an alleyway where he raped her.

As a result of enquiries and descriptions given by the women, as well as the location of the attacks, detectives believe that the rapes could be linked.

Detective Inspector Jeremy McDermott, from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said: “We believe this man is responsible for committing both offences in the Finsbury Park area. He has specifically targeted two lone women who had been out for an evening in central London.

“I would like to hear from any taxi drivers who believe they may have picked up the woman and the suspect in Leicester Square. Or, were you on the Victoria Line between Monday, 28 and Tuesday, 29 August?

“I cannot rule out that the assailant may have committed other offences and I would ask anyone who may also have been attacked and is yet to speak with police to come forward.

“If you have any information which would assist in identifying this man, I urge you to contact us.”

Anyone who feels they may have been victim to a similar but unreported attack, or any witnesses or anyone with any information is urged to call the investigation team on 020 8217 6541 or via 101.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.

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