John Worboys: Reasons for black cab rapist's release 'should be made public'

The decision to release London cabbie rapist John Worboys from prison has sparked outrage from MPs and campaigners.
Yvette Cooper, chairwoman of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee, has called for the Parole Board to immediately publish its reasons for allowing his release.
Charity campaigners called the time served by the 60-year-old "woefully short" and said his release "beggars belief".
Worboys, a former stripper and adult film star who became known as the "black cab rapist", was found guilty of 19 charges of drugging and sexually assaulting 12 women passengers, in one case raping a woman.
He was jailed indefinitely in 2009, with a minimum term of eight years.
But police said in 2010 that his alleged victims numbered 102 after more people came forward following his trial and conviction.
The allegations were investigated but no further action was taken on the advice of the Crown Prosecution Service, police said.
Sir Keir Starmer, Labour's shadow Brexit secretary who was then director of public prosecutions, has been urged to explain why further allegations against Worboys were not looked into.
Yvette Cooper said the Parole Board should publish its reasons for allowing his release.
Yvette Cooper said the Parole Board should publish its reasons for allowing his release. Credit: PA
Mrs Cooper said she was "really shocked" by the move and called for scrutiny of the Parole Board's reasoning before the prolific sex attacker is let out of jail.
She said Worboys' crimes were "the most appalling and vile" and there were "serious questions" over the Parole Board's decision.
"Given the seriousness of this case, the Parole Board should publish their reasons immediately so both the decision and the process can be scrutinised before this man is released," Mrs Cooper said.
"We also need to know what information and support was given to all the victims before this decision was taken."
Conservative MP Anna Soubry tweeted: "We are placing huge trust in Parole Board assessments...I'm v surprised that #Worboys has been released on basis he's no longer a risk to women. Parole Board is notoriously "risk averse""
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Mrs Cooper's intervention raises the prospect that senior members of the Parole Board could be hauled before MPs for a grilling over the decision.
In a statement released on Thursday, 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."