Police are under pressure to re-open a criminal investigation into John Worboys over dozens of alleged rapes that never came to trial.
Worboys – dubbed the ‘black cab rapist’ – is to be freed before the end of the month, despite being one of the most prolific sex offenders in history. He is believed to have committed more than 100 rapes and sexual assaults, preying on female passengers.
But when he was jailed for a minimum of eight years in 2009, he was only ever convicted of one rape and five sexual assaults.
The Metropolitan Police, which missed opportunities to catch Worboys sooner, is now being urged to review dozens of complaints by women with a view to bringing fresh charges. That could allow authorities to charge Worboys for other crimes and lead to him being kept in jail.
It has emerged that the Parole Board chairman, Prof Nick Hardwick, is to be summoned before the House of Commons Justice Committee to explain how the decision to free Worboys was reached and why victims were not informed of his impending release.
The director of public prosecutions at the time of Worboys’s conviction, Sir Keir Starmer, urged victims to contact the police.
Sir Keir, now the shadow Brexit secretary, said: “First and foremost, it’s very important that if there are any allegations that anybody thinks have not been looked into, sufficiently or at all, they go to the police and make those allegations so they can be looked into.”