A man has been charged with the kidnap and rape of a teenage girl in the capital.
Kadian Nelson, 26, is due to appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court today over the incident in south-west London.
He was arrested on Tuesday night after a teenage girl was allegedly raped in North Place, Mitcham, near Colliers Wood, shortly after 7am on Tuesday.
Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh released a statement after the alleged incident.
She said: “My heart goes out to the young girl who was abducted in Mitcham on her way to school this morning.”
Officers urged local residents not to take the law into their own hands after angry groups gathered at addresses in the area.
Detective Superintendent Owain Richards said before the charges were announced: “I recognise that this is a shocking and distressing incident and emotions locally are running very high.”
He added: “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.”