A man wanted in connection with the abduction and rape of two women has Buckinghamshire links, police have said. 

Detectives at the Met Police have launched a manhunt to find Joseph McCann, 33, in connection with the attacks on two women in Chingford and Edgware. 

The first woman had been abducted from a street in Chingford at around 12.30am on Thursday, April 25, and the second woman taken from a street in Edgware 12 hours later, at 12.15pm. 

The women were driven to the hotel in Watford and an attempt was made to book a room around 1pm. When this was unavailable, the suspect left the premises. 

Around 2.30pm, 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 attack - and it is believed it had false registration plates. 

McCann is known to use false names - most recently Joel - and has links to Aylesbury, Watford and Ipswich. 

He 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 and 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.

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."

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