EMAIL rumours that two women were raped in Wormwood Scrubs Park last night were quickly dismissed by police in an attempt to dispel wide spread panic.
This morning, an email was circulated warning women to be careful as a rapist, who had reportedly been at large for two years, had attacked again.
It advised females to forward the message on and to avoid the area.
However to prevent panic, police were quick to repudiate these rumours by reassuring women that there was no truth in the email.
It was forwarded onto sports clubs based at the Linford Christie Stadium and nearby businesses.
At this stage it is unclear where the rumour originated from or if any malicious intent was meant, but police had been inundated with calls regarding the alleged rapes.
Detective Chief Inspector Will Young from Hammersmith and Fulham Police said: "I can fully understand that anyone receiving this email would be concerned about its contents and I am keen to reassure them that it is false information. I would actively encourage you to pass this reassurance onto anyone who you know may have received the email, or have forwarded it on in good faith. Whilst there is no credence to this information I do take this opportunity to remind the public to take general safety precautions when they are out and beware of their surroundings when going about their daily lives."
Earlier this year three minor sexual assaults concerning a man acting suspiciously in the park were reported to police.
They have not ruled out that these incidents could have been blown out of proportion via Chinese whispers.