Black cab rapist John Worboys 'moved to London prison ahead of release' despite calls to ban him from capital

Tom Powell
John Worboys: The sex offender is to be freed from jail: PA

Black cab rapist John Worboys has reportedly been moved to a prison in London, where the majority of his attacks on women were carried out.

Worboys, 60, has been moved over 200 miles from HMP Wakefield in Yorkshire to Belmarsh in south-east London, the Sun reported.

The former black cab driver will be held at Belmarsh before being found temporary lodging at a probation hostel, less than 10 years after he was convicted of offences against 12 women.

Last week London MPs including Boris Johnson and Zac Goldsmith signed a letter urging the Parole Board to ban Worboys from London.

Some of his victims – thought to number up to 100 – have begged for him to be barred from the capital amid fears he kept a record of some addresses.

One told the Sun: “I am genuinely terrified he is going to come after me.

“Why should we think he won’t? He knows where so many of his victims live.”

Justice Secretary David Gauke had commissioned legal advice to see whether it would be possible to bring a judicial review of the Parole Board’s decision to free Worboys.

But the minister announced on Friday in Parliament that it would not be going ahead with the challenge.

A crowdfunding page to pay for a legal challenge to his release received more than £40,000 within a day amid mounting anger in the wake of the decision to free him.

It was launched by lawyers for two of Worboys' alleged victims "to help find out why the parole board decided to release him".