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THE METROPOLITAN POLICE has challenged a ruling which led to two women, who were sexually assaulted by London taxi driver John Worboys, being awarded compensation of a total of £41,250.

The London cabbie and former porn star was jailed for life in 2009 after he carried out over 100 rapes and sexual assaults, using alcohol and drugs on lone women travelling late at night in the capital.

An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission in 2010 found there had been serious failings in the way that Plumstead CID in South London had handled the complaints about Worboys.

A woman, only identified as DSD in court was the first victim of the black cab driver to make a complaint to the Metropolitan Police in 2003. The second, NBV, contacted detectives after she was attacked in 2007.

Met Police counsel Jeremy Johnson QC told the Court of Appeal that the legal challenge was on points related to principle and that the women would be allowed to keep the money whatever the outcome.

Mr Johnson explained to the Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, sitting with Lord Justice Laws and Lord Justice Kitchin, that the action brought by the Met was in connection with the legal process of compensation.

He argued the law allowed for a civil damages claim against a sex assailant such as John Worboys and for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, but not for damages for errors in a police investigation.

The judges will give their verdict at a later date.

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