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Rape case inquiry

PUBLISHED: 12:16 19 March 2009 | UPDATED: 16:21 25 August 2010

AN INQUIRY has been launched into the police investigation of the black cab rapist after it was revealed that a case against him in 2007 had been closed.

AN INQUIRY has been launched into the police investigation of the black cab rapist after it was revealed that a case against him in 2007 had been closed. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched their investigation last Friday after ex-stripper John Worboys, 51, was found guilty of 19 charges on scores of women. It is claimed that police released Worboys after a 19-year-old student from Eltham claimed she was attacked by him on July 26, 2007. She told police she was sexually assaulted in the back of his cab but after being questioned, he was released. He claimed the young woman started hugging and kissing him to say thank you for the drive, which officers thought was consistent with CCTV footage. They did not search his home at the time where they later found the drugs used to sedate the women. Detectives at Plumstead police station closed her case in October 2007 claiming there was insufficient evidence to take it to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

It was not until February last year that he was arrested and charged with scores of serious sexual assaults, including that of the Eltham student. It is believed he went on to attack at least 34 more women following his arrest in 2007. IPCC Commissioner for London Deborah Glass said: "It is concerning that despite Met Police arresting Worboys in the summer of 2007, he went on to attack a more women. The Met has already conducted a review into the investigation. There were however very specific concerns about the investigation into the July 2007 attack."

Pressure group Women Against Rape called for officers involved to be sacked. A spokesperson said: "The truth is that the police are the rapists' best friend, and this case proves it.

"It is low-priority, low-resourced police work."

Greenwich police refused to comment.

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