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CHARITY CAMPAIGNERS have expressed outrage after the Parole Board agreed to let black cab sex offender John Worboys (above) out of prison after serving just eight years for drugging and sexually assaulting a number of female passengers.

Worboys was found guilty at Croydon Crown Court in 2009 of attacking 12 women during an 18-month reign of terror. One hundred more women alleged they were attacked after his conviction and police sources claim the total number could be nearer 500.

Yvonne Traynor, CEO of Rape Crisis South London, said:

It feels far too soon for this dangerous and manipulative perpetrator to be released into the public having served this woefully short time in prison. He may be free to live amongst us but the women he raped will never be totally free from his despicable actions.

Fay Maxted of The Survivors Trust said Worboys’ crimes were, “calculated and deliberate” and added: “I doubt whether the victims will feel that Worboys has served a sentence that reflects the seriousness of his crime.”

In a statement, the Parole Board said: “We can confirm that a three member panel of the Parole Board has directed the release of Mr John Worboys, following an oral hearing. The arrangements for Mr Worboys’ release will be managed by the Ministry of Justice.”

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