Timeline: Cabbie's campaign of sexual attacks

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Police found that cab driver John Worboy preyed on young women, who had often been drinking, after picking them up between October 2006 and February 2008.

1996

* John Derek Worboys passes "the knowledge" to become a taxi driver in London. He also continues working as a stripper at night.

2002

* The first allegation of sexual assault is made that would later be linked to Worboys. Several more, all involving drivers of black cabs in London, are made over the next four years.

2006

* October 14

Worboys picks up a 25-year-old woman outside an all-night convenience store on the King's Road, Chelsea, in the early hours. They drink champagne together and smoke cigarettes to celebrate a casino win. She later claimed he drugged and sexually assaulted her.

* November 10

Worboys is hailed by a young woman journalist, now aged 29, in Regent Street, central London, as she leaves a party in the early hours. They drink champagne and he claims to have won £70,000. She later told the court she lost consciousness and the 40-minute journey to her Balham home took three hours.

2007

* April 5

A 22-year-old woman gets into Worboys' cab after celebrating a friend's birthday at an Oxford Circus club. He offers to take her home to Pinner, Middlesex, for £30 and gives her champagne. She is suspicious and only sips it. When they get to her house he shouts "You've really wasted my time tonight," the court heard.

* June 29

A 21-year-old office worker is picked up by Worboys in Regent Street and he agrees to take her home to Tufnell Park, north London. They drink champagne. The victim said he kissed her on the mouth and cheek as she was left powerless to resist.

* July (day unknown)

A 19-year-old student is given a lift home by Worboys from a night bus stop in King's Road to her family home in East Sheen, south west London. Worboys pays her £50 to down a glass of vodka and suggests she perform a sex act for £350. The short journey took at least two hours and her memory of what happened is very poor.

* July 26

Two women picked up by Worboys on this night complained of being sexually assaulted.

The first was a 23-year-old Scandinavian drama student who lived in the Kings Cross area who was offered a £5 lift home from Regent Street. She poured her glass of champagne on the floor of the cab.

The jury found him not guilty of that count.

The second, a 19-year-old student, gets into his cab outside a Covent Garden nightclub at about 3am after he agrees to take her home to New Eltham for £30. She told the court he persuaded her to have a drink and forced a pill into her mouth but she has no other memory of what happened.

* July 27

Police arrest Worboys after recovering CCTV footage showing him carrying the teenage student out of the back of his cab at her halls of residence. He denies any sexual conduct or giving her a drink. He is released on bail.

* October 29

Worboys is informed by letter that police will take no further action against him over the July 27 incident.

* December 21

Worboys picks up a woman - now aged 27 - outside a Tottenham Court Road club after he persuades her and a friend to reject an unlicensed cab and accept a cheap lift home to Putney. The woman claimed she was raped and his DNA is recovered from semen stains on her clothes. Worboys later sent her a card wishing her a merry Christmas containing £10 he said she dropped in his cab.

2008

* January 3

Worboys picks up a 29-year-old insurance broker from Hornchurch, Essex, outside a City pub and agrees to take her home for £20. The woman said he plied her with champagne and asked if she would perform a sex act for £100. Worboys exposed himself, assaulted her and shouted abuse. His DNA was later found on her clothes.

* January 11

A 19-year-old woman said Worboys approached her outside a club on the King's Road. She said she accepted a drink as they travelled to her home in the Smithfield area of London. She paid just £5 and remembers little of what happened.

The jury found Worboys not guilty of this count.

* February 1

In the early hours Worboys picks up a 23-year-old advertising director outside a Dean Street club who had been entertaining clients and offers to take her to Herne Hill. She drinks champagne and remembered her dress had been pulled up high on her legs as the defendant fiddled with his belt, the jury was told. DNA from the woman and from Worboys was later found on a vibrator at his home.

* February 5

Worboys offers to give a 23-year-old woman a lift home to Twickenham from London Bridge. It is her first night out since having a daughter. She began feeling drowsy as they pull up outside her house and Worboys drove off, the court heard. Forensic experts found traces of condom lubricant in her underwear.

* February 8

As police realise a serial sex attacker may be on the loose, the case is transferred from borough officers to Scotland Yard's specialist crime directorate.

* February 14

Worboys picks up a 30-year-old journalist and a friend who had been for drinks and a Thai meal in Soho. He agrees to take her home to Shepherd's Bush via Kensington. Once alone, Worboys offers her £5,000 to perform a sex act and gave her a glass of champagne, the jury was told. She could see something fizzing in the liquid and did not drink it.

* February 15

An 18-year-old woman is given a lift home to Barnes, south west London, from Oxford Street. She drinks champagne and is sick. The court heard she lost a wristband which was later found at Worboys' home.

Shortly after 10am, Worboys is arrested by police at his home in Sovereign Crescent, Rotherhithe, after he is identified. He denies sexually assaulting or drugging any women.

A large number of women come forward to make allegations against him after news emerges he has been held by police.

2009

* March 13

Worboys is found guilty at Croydon Crown Court of 19 charges of drugging and sexually assaulting 12 women passengers at the end of a seven-week trial.