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'Stalker' accused back in court

Police at the street where the suspect is though to live
Police are examining a house where the suspect is thought to live

A man charged with a series of rapes and assaults on elderly people over a 17-year period has been remanded in custody after appearing in court.

Delroy Grant, 52, of Brockley, who is charged with five rapes, six indecent assaults and 11 burglaries, appeared in court for a second time.

The charges relate to an inquiry, dubbed the "night stalker" case, into attacks carried out since 1992.

Magistrates in Greenwich remanded Mr Grant until 26 November.

No application was made for bail, and he is next due to appear at Woolwich Crown Court.

Twelve-year operation

At an earlier hearing this week, prosecutors hinted Mr Grant could face more charges, but no more were brought during this latest court appearance.

He was arrested on Sunday as part of the 12-year Operation Minstead, carried out by the Metropolitan Police, which was set up to investigate 108 crimes.

The attacks took place at addresses in Warlingham, Addiscombe, Bromley, West Dulwich, Orpington and Beckenham between October 1992 and May this year.

The five rapes are alleged to have taken place in Shirley in October 1992, an unnamed location in Surrey in September 1998, Croydon in July 1999, and two offences in Orpington on 5 August 1999.

Mr Grant is also accused of six indecent assaults, which took place in Beckenham in June 1999, Croydon in July 1999, Shirley in August 1999 and October 2002, an unnamed location in Surrey in September 1998, and Addiscombe in July 1999.

Eleven burglaries in south-east London and Surrey including Bromley, Shirley, Addiscombe, Orpington, West Dulwich and Beckenham between October 1992 and May 2009.



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