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Cab driver's sex victims to sue

John Worboys
Police believe Worboys may be connected to a further 73 attacks

Victims of a taxi driver who sexually assaulted five female passengers in London and raped one are preparing a legal claim for damages against him.

Solicitors representing several women are preparing a civil claim against John Worboys, 51, from Rotherhithe, south-east London.

The victims hope to receive thousands of pounds in compensation from his assets including his homes and savings.

Worboys was jailed last month after he was convicted of attacking 12 women.

He assaulted them in the back of his cab after drugging them with spiked drinks.

Unsolved attacks

Solicitor Alison Ludwell, of Garton & Co in Leeds, a firm specialising in claiming compensation for sex attack victims, said: "There are several victims that have come forward already and I shall be taking a view with counsel's advice about how best to proceed."

Ms Ludwell added Worboys' victims could also claim cash from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) but were reluctant because this is public money.

Detectives believe the taxi driver could be behind a further 73 unsolved attacks on women in London in the past few years.

The trial judge has already given Worboys' victims proceeds from the sale of Worboys' £5,000 black cab and £3,680 in cash seized by police.

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