Three women have been attacked by a "predatory man" thought to be a mini-cab driver.

The incidents, which police believe may be linked, took place in Battersea Rise on August 3 at 1.55am and in Putney High Street on August 11 at 12.10am and August 18 at 2.47am.

In all three cases the attacker approaches lone females and once the victim is in the vehicle, the driver stops the car and assaults her.

Police are looking to hear from anyone who thinks they may have encountered the suspect.

They are also urging women to only use mini-cabs that they have specifically booked when travelling home alone in Merton and Wandsworth.

Detective Inspector Joanne Flynn, of the South West Command Unit’s CID, said: “We are following a number of lines of enquiry, however, it is important that we make women aware that this predatory man is out there.

“Although none of the victims sustained serious injuries, they were, understandably, traumatised by the incidents.

“The vehicle may or may not be a genuine minicab. Please ensure that you only get into cabs that you have personally booked and if possible, don’t travel home alone.”

Anyone who has information is asked to call police on 101 quoting 0318262/19, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.