Hunt for man after two young women raped on north London | London

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

Officers have also released images of a man they wish to speak with in connection with both rapes.

The CCTV stills show the man at Finsbury Park Station in the early hours of August 29.

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.

– Detective Inspector Jeremy McDermott

The first attack occurred at approximately 2.30am on July 22.

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, near Finsbury Park where the suspect dragged her into a side road before raping her.

The woman made her way to the safety of a restaurant and police were called.

She was taken to a Haven and supported by specialist officers from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command.

An investigation was launched but officers were unable to identify the suspect.

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 12.30am on August 29, the man forced her into an alleyway where he raped her. Police were called and the victim was later taken to a Haven.

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.

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