POLICE have issued an update following the arrest of a man in connection with an alleged rape in in Mitcham.

The Metropolitan Police earlier named Kadian Nelson, 26, as a suspect in the rape of a teenage girl after he was confronted by a passer-by.

At 8.02pm a man was arrested at Robinson Road, Tooting, following a call from a member of the public.

The arrest came after the incident, which was reported in the North Place area of Mitcham, near Colliers Wood, shortly after 7am on Tuesday.

The girl, who is thought to have been on her way to school, was helped by a member of the public who confronted the man on camera.

In a video shared on social media, the man was filmed in the corner of an alleyway with the girl.

It is believed that the women confronted the man, after her little sister witnessed an 'abduction attempt' whilst on her way to school.

Police have confirmed that the teenage girl is being supported by specialist officers.

The man remains in custody as enquiries into the circumstances of the incident continue.

Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh referred to the incident online.

"The extraordinary bravery of a lady who followed and filmed them has almost certainly saved the victim from even further distress," she said.

Detective Superintendent Owain Richards, from the South West Basic Command Unit (BCU), said: “Our investigation continues at fast pace and detectives have been working round the clock to piece together what happened.

“We continue to provide specialist support to the victim and her family and, while I’m confident this was an isolated incident, local officers will be carrying out extra patrols in the area over the coming days.

“I’d like to thank the local community for their response to our appeal to locate a suspect and commend the bravery shown by the young girl who challenged the suspect.”

Any witnesses or those who have information that could assist police are asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting reference 1063/03Nov.