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'Night Stalker' suspect in court over London attacks

Police in Brockley street
Delroy Grant was arrested at his home in Brockley

A man has appeared in court charged with a series of rapes and assaults on elderly people in south-east London.

Delroy Grant, 52, of Brockley, south-east London, is charged with five rapes, six indecent assaults and 11 burglaries over a 17-year period.

The charges relate to attacks alleged to have happened between 1992 and 2009, which led to a search for a man dubbed the 'Night Stalker'.

He did not enter a plea in the video-link hearing at Maidstone Crown Court.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Inner London Crown Court on 30 April.

Mr Grant spoke only to confirm his name during the link-up from Belmarsh Prison during Monday's hearing.

He was arrested last November at his home by detectives hunting the 'Night Stalker' sex attacker who preyed on victims across south and south-east London, and Surrey.

The Metropolitan Police set up Operation Minstead to investigate the crimes.

More than 2,000 DNA samples were obtained from suspects as part of the 12-year inquiry.

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