Joseph McCannImage copyright Met Police
Image caption Joseph McCann is wanted over attacks in London and Watford

Police hunting a fugitive over the abduction and rapes of three women in and around London have cornered a man after the abduction of two other women in Cheshire.

Officers have said they believe Joseph McCann, 34, is connected to all the attacks.

In the latest incident on Sunday, two women were forced into a black Fiat Punto in Congleton town centre.

Negotiators are talking to a man who was traced to an area near the town.

A BBC journalist at the scene said the man is in a tree on Smithy Lane, just outside Congleton.

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Image caption The man police have cornered is reported to be in a tree on Smithy Lane in Congleton

On Sunday evening, the Punto was spotted by officers and, following a short chase, the car stopped on Obelisk Way having collided with another car.

The women were left behind as the driver ran off.

Image caption The car containing the two abducted women crashed with another vehicle, pictured

Police immediately place road checks in the area and shortly after 23:00 BST they revealed they had found a suspect.

In a statement, Cheshire Constabulary said: “The man has been secured by officers in a rural area of Congleton and is currently talking to trained negotiators.

“There remains an increased police presence in the local area.

“The two women abducted in Congleton were not injured. However, they have been left extremely shaken as a result of their ordeal and are currently being supported by specially trained officers.”

Police have not revealed if the man they have located is Mr McCann.

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Image caption The Met Police released a CCTV image of the attacker they are hunting

Met Police detectives launched an appeal to find Mr McCann after two women in their 20s were snatched off streets in north London on 25 April.

He is also wanted for questioning over the abduction and rape of a 21-year-old woman at knifepoint in Watford in the early hours of 21 April.

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