Police hunting a man accused of abducting and raping two women in north London have identified the suspect as Joseph McCann.

Police say the man has a slight Irish accent and is also known to use false names, including Joel.

The 33-year-old has links to Watford, Aylesbury and Ipswich.

Metropolitan Police say he is “extremely dangerous” and could be using a false name and wearing a disguise.

Police hunting a man accused of abducting and raping two women in north London have identified the suspect as Joseph McCann, 33.
Image: The 33-year-old has links to Watford, Aylesbury and Ipswich

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin 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.”

McCann 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.

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Image: The suspect has a tattoo on his stomach

He has a slight Irish accent and is described as having a distinctive tattoo of the name Bobbie on his stomach.

Two women, aged in their 20s, were kidnapped separately in London on Thursday.

The first woman was taken shortly after midnight from a street in Chingford, and the second was taken around 12 hours later at 12.15pm from a street in Edgware.

Detectives investigating the abduction and rape of two women have released CCTV images of the suspect as he attempted to book a hotel and have revealed the man has a distinctive tattoo.
Image: Police have released CCTV images of the suspect

The suspect drove the women to a hotel in Watford and attempted to book a room at around 1pm but left when he was told none were available.

The women then managed to escape from the car on Osbourne Road, Watford, at around 2.30pm.

Police are still trying to trace a silver or grey-coloured Ford S-Max people carrier in connection with the offences which had false registration plates.

Police say the women have been left traumatised and are receiving support from specialist officers.

Detectives investigating the abduction and rape of two women have released an image of the suspect vehicle
Image: Police are looking for this car

A 33-year-old man arrested on Sunday 28 April on suspicion of conspiracy to rape has been released under investigation.

:: Anyone who can help is asked to call the incident room on 020 8785 8244 or 999 quoting CAD 3041/25Apr. Alternatively tweet @MetCC and or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

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