Man held over Finsbury Park rapes as police probe series of sex attacks in north London

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Police have launched a probe over a suspected spate of sex attacks in north London after a 36-year-old was arrested on suspicion of raping two young women.

The suspect is being held at a central London police station following two late night attacks on lone women, Scotland Yard said.

A 22-year-old victim was raped close to Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, around 2.30am on July 22.

A second woman, aged 21, was forced into an alleyway close to Finsbury Park Tube station by her attacker and raped just after midnight on August 29, police said.

Now, detectives have called for more victims to come forward amid claims the incidents are just two of a series of attacks.

Detective Inspector Jeremy McDermott said: “I am not confident that these victims are the only women who have been targeted. 

“I urge any woman who thinks they may have been attacked, or even just approached by a suspicious male in the Finsbury Park area to come forward.  

“There is specialist support available to victims of rape and sexual assault, but even if that is not required, any information, no matter how insignificant, could provide officers with a detail that is missing from our investigation.”

The suspect was arrested at an address in Hackney on Friday.

Any potential victims of similar but unreported attacks, 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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