The alleged serial rapist Joseph McCann was forced to appear before a court after he refused to attend a hearing on Wednesday.

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot authorised the use of force to ensure he was brought before the court to a room in Belmarsh Prison where there was a video link to the courtroom.

McCann aged 34 was due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday but had refused and would not come up from his cells.

McCann was arrested in a place called Congleton within Cheshire in the early hours of Monday, he had been wanted by police for two weeks after he is alleged to have abducted a woman in her 20s in Watford in the early hours of Sunday April 21st before raping her in a residential property

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He has been charged with the rape and kidnap of the victim and has been further charged with two more kidnappings and four counts of rape, one count of false imprisonment, two counts of causing a female to engage in sexual activity and one count of assaulting a female by penetration in London between April 24th and April 27th.

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These charges relate to two women in their 20s who were snatched off the street in Chingford and Edgware before being raped in a car.

Police officers from Scotland Yard’s Homicide and Major Crime Command are continuing to investigate and a file remains with the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to suspected further offences.

Due to the seriousness of these offences and the risk McCann poses to the public he has been remanded in Prison until his next court appearance.