Detectives have named and pictured the man they are hunting following the abduction and rape of two young women in London.
Joseph McCann who is known to use false names, most recently Joel, has been described by police as “extremely dangerous and a risk to the public”.
He has links to Watford in Hertfordshire, Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire and Ipswich in Suffolk.
The 33-year-old is described as being of muscular build and 5ft 10ins tall. He has blue eyes, a bald head or shaved blond hair with a light-coloured short beard.
However, officers believe McCann may attempt to disguise his appearance.
He has a slight Irish accent and is described as having a distinctive tattoo of the name ‘bobbie’ on his stomach.
The first woman was abducted from a street in Chingford at approximately 00.30am on Thursday, 25 April.
The second woman was taken from a street in Edgware 12 hours later, at 12.15pm.
The women were driven to the hotel in Watford and an attempt was made to book a room around 1pm. When this was unavailable, the suspect left the premises.
Around 2.30pm, a struggle between the women and the suspect took place in Watford and the women managed to escape.
Officers are still trying to trace a silver or grey-coloured Ford S-Max people carrier, with false registration plates, in connection with the offences.
Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said:“We would ask anyone with any information about McCann’s whereabouts to contact us immediately – McCann is considered extremely dangerous and a risk to the public and we ask people not to approach him, but instead call 999.
“If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers. It is vitally important we trace him in connection with these offences.
“My team continues to work around the clock and we are making progress in furthering the investigation.”
The women, both in their 20s, have been left traumatised and are receiving support from specialist officers.
The investigation, into what officers are treating as two random but linked attacks, is being led by officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, supported by other specialist and local officers as well as Hertfordshire Constabulary.
A 33-year-old man arrested on Sunday, 28 April on suspicion of conspiracy to rape has been released under investigation.
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