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London attacker jailed for life

A CHILDREN'S football coach, described as a "Jekyll and Hyde" character, who attacked and stalked 27 women over a period of two decades was jailed for life yesterday.

Kirk Reid, 44, of Colliers Wood, southwest London, was sentenced for 28 attacks, including two rapes and two indecent assaults.

He mostly found his victims on the streets of Balham, Clapham and Tooting, the Press Association reported.

Detectives are still investigating whether he is behind a further 71 assaults.

Most of his victims were aged between 20 and 40. The youngest victim was 17 and the oldest 61.

Reid, a chef, was jailed for life at Kingston Crown Court and must serve at least seven and a half years.

Judge Shani Barnes said he was a "Jekyll and Hyde" character who would continue to be a danger to women for years to come.

She said the attacks were "utterly degrading, humiliating and terrifying" and left his victims living in fear.

She said she was convinced Reid was also responsible for a 1984 rape which was admitted in evidence but not included as a charge against him.

The judge criticized early police inquiries which left many victims neglected and said he could have been caught sooner.

"To say you have a hostility to women is stating the blindingly obvious - it is not just a deep-rooted hostility against women, it is something very dark and very dangerous," Barnes said.

The rapes took place in 1995 and 2002, while the string of indecent assaults happened between August 2001 and October 2007. Reid also admitted two counts of possessing indecent images of children on his home computer.


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