The Metropolitan Police have now confirmed a 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an alleged rape of a schoolgirl in Mitcham, south London.
The Met Police confirmed the news on Twitter, writing: “Police investigating an allegation of rape in #Merton today have arrested a 26-year-old man. He is now in police custody.”
The man was arrested on suspicion of rape at 8:02pm following a call from the member of public.
Our initial report on the case can be viewed below.
Police are hunting a man in connection with the alleged rape of a schoolgirl in Mitcham, south London.
26-year-old Kadian Nelson has been urged by police to turn himself in.
The hunt for Nelson comes after police were called at 7am on Tuesday (November 3) following a report a man had been following and abducted a school girl. Footage of the incident was shared online. Police named the man as Kadian Nelson shortly after.
A crime scene currently remains in place and a teenage girl is being supported by specialist officers.
Det Supt Owain Richards said: “Police have been conducting extensive enquiries today to locate Kadian Nelson after an allegation of rape was received shortly after 07:00hrs to the North Place area on Tuesday, 3 November. A teenage girl is being supported by specialist officers.
“I am appealing directly to Kadian to attend his nearest police station immediately, or to call police and inform us as to his whereabouts. This is for his safety, as well as members of the public.
“I recognise that this is a shocking and distressing incident and emotions locally are running very high. We are of course aware of videos and images circulating on social media, and of groups of people attending various addresses.
“I urge those people to go home. Do not try to take the law into your own hands or you may end up doing something you regret and potentially face police action yourself.
“You must allow us to do our jobs. It is imperative that we follow the right processes as we investigate this incident as any interference could potentially affect proceedings further down the line.
“A Section 60 Order has been authorised for the entirety of the Borough of Merton and Wandsworth, granting police additional stop and search powers, as a result of fears of serious violence.”
Witnesses or those with information related to the incident or Nelson’s whereabouts are being asked to call 101 ref CAD 1063/3 Nov.