Update: Suspected Rapist Arrested In South London Following 13-Hour Manhunt

A teenage girl was attacked on Tuesday morning in Merton.
The man was arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage girl in Mitcham, south London, on Tuesday
The man was arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage girl in Mitcham, south London, on Tuesday
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A suspected rapist has been arrested in south London following an attack on a teenage girl and a 13-hour manhunt.

Police were on Tuesday night questioning the man over the suspected rape in North Place, Merton, at about 7am.

The 26-year-old was arrested in Robinson Road, Tooting, at about 8pm. Police have told the victim and her family have been informed.

In a statement, London’s Metropolitan Police said: “We also further remind people to please be mindful of sharing information via social media that could identify the alleged victim, or affect any potential future proceedings.”

Meanwhile, a so-called Section 60 order that gives police extra powers to stop and search people across the London boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth, granting police additional stop and search powers, as a result of fears of serious violence remains in place.

Any witnesses and anyone with information is asked to call 101 ref CAD 1063 of November 3.

You can also tweet @MetCC, or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, say police.