A serial sex attacker who targeted lone women in south London over a six-year period has been found guilty of rape and sexual assault.
Kirk Reid, 44, of Colliers Wood, was convicted of two rapes and 24 sexual assaults but police believe he was behind at least 71 attacks on women.
He targeted women late at night in the Balham, Clapham and Tooting areas.
Scotland Yard has apologised for errors which meant he was not arrested until four years after becoming a suspect.
The case has been sent to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for a full review.
Reid will be sentenced at a later date. He also admitted two further charges of indecent assault and was found not guilty of one charge of indecent assault.
Commander Mark Simmons of the Metropolitan Police apologises over delays
BBC home affairs correspondent Andy Tighe said the delay in apprehending Reid raised serious concerns among senior Metropolitan officers about the performance of the force's dedicated Sapphire unit that investigates sex crimes.
DNA was twice recovered from victims but, despite being known to police as a potential sexual attacker, following a 1995 charge of indecent assault, no DNA sample was collected from Reid.
Reid, a children's football coach, who worked as head chef at Camberwell College, was acquitted of the 1995 charge, but remained on the police database.
Police in Wandsworth borough realised a repeat sex attacker was operating in September 2002 and identified Reid as a suspect in February 2004.
The public will understandably ask if some of these attacks could have been prevented
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