John Lambe (M5 rapist)

John Lambe (born 1944 in Fordingbridge, Hampshire) otherwise known as the M5 rapist is a British serial rapist who worked as a builder and lorry driver.

From 1975 until his arrest in 1980, he was responsible for a string of sex attacks on women aged between 15–74 in the Bristol and Taunton areas which adjoin the M5 motorway in South West England.

He was arrested after the husband of one of his victims recognised him and his vehicle leaving the scene of the crime in Taunton.

In 1981, he was found guilty of twelve counts of rape and six charges of attempted rape and jailed for life. The prosecution at his trial alleged that the motivation for his crimes stemmed from a vitriolic hatred of the police against whom he had waged a personal vendetta since a conviction for aggravated burglary in 1975.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Staff (9 March 1981). "M5 rapist jailed for life". BBC News: On This Day. BBC. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  2. ^ Chief Inspector Neil Andrews (22 March 1979). LBC/IRN: Chief Inspector Neil Andrews on hunt for M5 rapist (Radio broadcast). Independent Radio News, archived at Retrieved 14 August 2010.
  3. ^ Staff (9 March 1981). "International News". Associated Press, archived at LexisNexis. Retrieved 14 August 2010.