Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry rapist taxi driver John Naul 'knew his victims'

John Naul
Image caption John Naul was arrested after a victim reported him to the Terrence Higgins Trust

A Coventry black cab driver, sentenced to nine years for a number of sex attacks on women, did not attack his customers, police believe.

John Naul, 63, from Wyken, was found guilty on Friday of two counts of rape and two of indecent assault.

He was cleared of four rape charges and a charge of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent. He had denied all the charges.

Afterwards, police said Naul had known his victims.

Det Con Denise Hibbert, of West Midlands Police, said it was unusual for a taxi driver to be investigated for these type of offences.

She said: "I would like to reassure the public that Naul did know his victims and he did not, as far as we are aware, abuse his position as a taxi driver, he abused his position of trust with female friends of his."

She added Naul had been arrested in February after one of his victims reported him to police via workers at the Terence Higgins Trust.

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