A man who carried out a string of sex attacks on 11 women and children across England over two weeks has been found guilty of 37 offences.
Joseph McCann’s victims were aged between 11 and 71 and included three women who were abducted off the street at knifepoint and repeatedly raped.
The 34-year-old also raped a mother in her home and then tied her to a bed as he molested her son and daughter.
McCann, of Harrow, was found guilty of offences including rape and kidnap.
The convicted burglar had been released from prison following a probation error in February before he embarked on a cocaine and vodka-fuelled rampage.
McCann’s “spree of sex attacks” started in Watford before moving to London, Greater Manchester and Cheshire over two weeks in April and May.
Hundreds of officers were deployed in the manhunt before he was finally caught while hiding in a tree.
Det Ch Insp Katherine Goodwin described him as “one of the most dangerous sex offenders the country has ever seen”.
The Old Bailey heard how on 21 April, he grabbed a 21-year-old woman at knifepoint off a street in Watford as she walked home from a nightclub.
She was bundled into a car and taken to a house where she was raped until being released later that morning in a “state of great distress”, prosecutors said.
A 25-year-old woman was then abducted as she walked home in Walthamstow, east London, just after midnight on 25 April.
She was driven off in a car then raped “many times” in a number of locations over 14 hours, including outside a school where McCann told her he “wanted to make her rape a child”, prosecutor John Price QC said.
While she was still being held prisoner, he snatched a 21-year-old woman in Edgware, north London, as she walked along the street with her sister.
The court heard she “suffered a similar fate” to the 25-year-old woman. The pair finally managed to escape when McCann drove to Watford where he had booked a hotel room.
They hit him over the head with a vodka bottle and fled to get help from nearby workmen.
On 5 May, McCann tricked his way into the home of a woman he met in a bar in Greater Manchester, where he tied her up and molested her 11-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter.
The girl managed to escape by jumping naked from a window to alert police.