An alleged serial rapist embarked on a series of "shocking and depraved" sex attacks on women and children, a court has heard.

Joseph McCann, 34, is accused of 37 charges including multiple rapes, kidnap and false imprisonment involving 11 victims, one as young as 11 years old, over three days in April and May.

The court was told how McCann allegedly went on a spree of sex attacks in the North West 10 days after allegedly attacking two women in London.

Over 12 hours on May 5, he allegedly attacked three women, three young girls and a boy of 11.

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He allegedly conned his way into a mother's Greater Manchester home, tied her to a bed and raped her 17-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son.

Afterwards, he allegedly abducted a 71-year-old woman in her own Fiat car at a Morrison's car park.

He raped the pensioner and went on to kidnap and sexually assault a 13-year-old girl before both managed to escape at Knutsford Service Station on the M6, the court heard.

McCann made off in the Fiat, which he used to snatch two 14-year-old girls in Cheshire, it was alleged.

Not guilty pleas have been entered on all the charges relating to the 11 alleged victims.