Manhunt launched after two young women raped in north London

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A manhunt hunt has been launched after two young women were raped in north London.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after the two horrific attacks in Finsbury Park.

In the first incident, a woman, 22, agreed to share a taxi from Leicester Square to Seven Sisters Road before the man dragged her into a side road and raped her.

The woman escaped and made her way to safety in a nearby restaurant before police were called in the early hours of Saturday, July 22.

Just over a month later, a 21-year-old woman was travelling on the underground from Leicester Square when she met her attacker. 

Appeal: Detectives are trying to trace this man after the two attacks in north London (Metropolitan Police)

He made unwanted advances towards her before forcing her on to a northbound Victoria Line train to Finsbury Park, Scotland Yard said.

The man then forced her into an alleyway before launching his horrific attack at about 12.30am on Tuesday, August 29.

Detectives believe that the rapes could be linked as a result of enquiries and descriptions given by the two women. 

Police are appealing for taxi drivers who believe they may have picked up the woman and the suspect before the first incident.

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 added: “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. 

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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