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Arrest after nationwide manhunt for double rape suspect

Temesgen Desta Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Police earlier said they were searching for Temesgen Desta in connection with the attacks

Police investigating the rape and sexual assault of two women have made an arrest.

West Midlands Police and Merseyside Police earlier said they were searching for Temesgen Desta in connection with separate attacks in Birmingham city centre and Crosby, Merseyside.

One woman was left with serious injuries following the attack in Birmingham on Friday.

A 31-year-old man, of no fixed address, has been arrested in Merseyside.

Both police forces said they believed the attacker had been travelling up and down the country.

The first attack happened at about 15:45 GMT on Thursday in the sand dunes near to Crosby Leisure Centre and Endsleigh Road, Merseyside Police said.

The force said the attacker grabbed the victim and made threats of a sexual nature.

She received a minor injury to her throat but was able to run away and call police.

The next day, a 32-year-old woman was raped at a property in Essex Street, Birmingham, between midnight and 00:55.

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