POLICE have made an arrest following an appeal to trace Kadian Nelson in connection with an alleged rape in Mitcham today (November 3).

Metropolitan Police arrested a 26-year-old man at 8.02pm in Robinson Road SW17 following a call from a member of the public.

He is now in police custody.

The arrest comes after police were called shortly after 7am to the North Place area of Mitcham, after a man was confronted over an alleged abduction and rape of a girl.

As previously reported by Wimbledon Times, Detective Superintendent Owain Richards spoke on the extensive enquiries into the "shocking and distressing incident".

Metropolitan Police have confirmed that the victim and her family have been informed. They continue to be supported by specially trained officers.

Since the arrest, Met Police have thanked both the media and members of the public for sharing their appeals. 

Met Police are reminding people to be mindful of sharing information via social media that could identify the alleged victim, or affect any potential future proceedings.

A Section 60 Order that was authorised for the entirety of the Boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth, granting police additional stop and search powers, as a result of fears of serious violence, and remains in place.