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Sunday 18 August 2019

€23,000 reward offered as hunt continues for 'extremely dangerous' suspected rapist who abducted two women

Joseph McCann is wanted
Joseph McCann is wanted
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Detectives hunting a suspected rapist who abducted two women off the streets of London have offered up a £20,000 (€23,000) reward for information that could lead to his arrest.

Met Police in the UK have identified Joseph McCann (34) - who has a "slight Irish accent" -  in relation to the north London abduction.

They have described the man as "extremely dangerous" and have told the public not to approach him but to call 999 immediately.

The suspected rapist allegedly abducted two women and threatened to kill a builder who helped them escape.

Two women, aged in their 20s, were snatched separately in London on Thursday - the first shortly after midnight from a street in Chingford and the second around 12 hours later at 12.15pm from a street in Edgware.

They were driven to a hotel in Watford and the suspect attempted to book a room about 45 minutes later, but this was unavailable.

After a struggle, the women managed to escape at around 2.30pm, with officers still trying to trace the grey Ford S-Max people carrier used by the suspect.

Police believe McCann may attempt to disguise his appearance.

“The women who were subjected to these terrifying ordeals are being supported by our specialist officers," Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin said.

“I would like to highlight that stranger attacks like this are extremely rare and we appreciate the worry that this will have generated in the areas affected.

“If you see Joseph McCann, do not approach him as he is considered extremely dangerous but instead call 999 immediately.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure the man sought in connection with these offences is located as quickly as possible," she added.

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