Ministers abandon legal bid to block release of ‘black cab rapist’ John Worboys

The Government has abandoned its legal attempt to block the release of the ‘black cab rapist’ John Worboys.

David Gauke, the Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, announced on Friday that he would not be pursuing a judicial review of the Parole Board’s decision to let Worboys out of jail. Mr Gauke said expert legal opinion had advised against him trying to take the Parole Board to court to overturn Worboys’ release.

The decision paves the way for Worboys, one of the most prolific sex attackers in British legal history, to be freed from jail by the end of January. He will be sent to a bail hostel under licensing conditions still to be finalised.

Mr Gauke declined to give details of the legal advice he received explaining that it could prejudice a separate legal action being brought by two victims of the serial sex attacker.

He also ordered a review of how the

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