Police name a man wanted for rape and abduction of two women

The Met Police have named a man wanted in connection with the abduction and rape of two women.

Officers appealed on Sunday, 28 April to identify a man wanted in connection with the offences. Based on information received as a result of this appeal, they believe the man is 33-year-old Joseph McCann. 

McCann has links to Watford in Hertfordshire, Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire and Ipswich in Suffolk. 

He is known to use false names, most recently Joel.

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. He has a slight Irish accent. He is described as having a distinctive tattoo of the name ‘bobbie’ on his stomach. 

Officers believe McCann may attempt to disguise his appearance.

The CCTV image was captured by cameras at a hotel in the Watford area around 13:00hrs on Thursday, 25 April. 

The first woman had been abducted from a street in Chingford at approximately 00:30hrs on Thursday, 25 April and the second woman taken from a street in Edgware 12 hours later, at 12:15hrs. 

The women were driven to the hotel in Watford and an attempt was made to book a room around 13:00hrs. When this was unavailable, the suspect left the premises. 

Around 14:30hrs, a struggle between the women and the suspect took place on Osborne Road in Watford and the women managed to escape.

Officers are still to trace a silver or grey-coloured Ford S-Max people carrier in connection with the offences. This had false registration plates. Any information about this vehicle should also be passed to the investigating team. 

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, 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. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers. It is vitally important we trace him in connection with these offences.

“My team continues to work around the clock and we are making progress in furthering the investigation.” 

The women, both in their 20s, have been left traumatised and are receiving support from specialist officers. The investigation, into what officers are treating as two random but linked attacks, is being led by officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, supported by other specialist and local officers as well as Hertfordshire Constabulary."

Picture: Met Police

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