A black cab driver from Bow who sexually assaulted two women who fell asleep in his taxi has been jailed for 10 years.

David Perry, 52, targeted the women, in their 20s, after they had been out socialising. He blamed the break-up of his relationship.

Veteran black cab driver Perry admitted four charges, including attempted rape and sexual assault at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

The offences were committed in the early hours on women who fell asleep in his cab. One took place in east London in May last year, the other in North London.

Perry told police had sought medical help for high hormone levels after his relationship collapsed. He told police he feared “what he might do”.

Prosecutor Peter Clement told the court: “[The women] were, by virtue of their drunkenness, particularly vulnerable.

“Their incapacity made them no less deserving than anyone else of being safe. They each sought the security and safety they were entitled to expect from a black cab.

“He exploited his passengers’ vulnerability for his own sexual gratification.”

Judge John Lafferty told Perry he would pose “a very significant risk” to other women if he were allowed to remain at large in the community.

Perry was also stopped from driving taxis in the future and will be on the sex offenders indefinitely, under a sexual harm prevention order.