A “dangerous” rapist was jailed for 17 years at Wood Green Crown Court yesterday.

Florin Cozma, 46, of Taylor Close, was convicted of two counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, and three counts of robbery.

Both rapes and the attempted rape were carried out on lone female sex workers who were taken to isolated areas of parkland by Cozma before being attacked.

Despite DNA being found on two of the victims, police could not track down their attacker.

Police then began carrying out night-time enquiries, speaking to sex workers around the borough, and managed to identify Cozma.

Detective Constable Anthony Shaw said: "This investigation involved a dangerous individual who preyed on vulnerable lone women in the Haringey area.

“His successful conviction sends out a message that the police will work tirelessly to protect the public from those who feel they are above the law and show no respect for others."

Detective Chief Inspector Adam Lowe, from the Serious and Complex Case Team said Cozma “did not show any of his victims empathy or compassion”.

He added: “A dangerous individual has been removed from the streets of London."