Video footage shows the moment serial rapist Joseph McCann was finally cornered and caught.

McCann hid up a tree after fleeing when the taxi he was travelling in was stopped at a police roadblock.

A jury today unanimously found the 34-year-old, from Aylesbury, guilty of 37 crimes against 11 victims aged between 11 and 71.

His attacks began when he kidnapped and raped a 21-year-old woman as she walked home from Pryzm nightclub in Watford on April 21.

Despite police attempts to locate him, he kidnapped a 25-year-old woman in Walthamstow and a 21-year-old in Edware on April 25.

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He raped and sexually assaulted them both before they escaped after hitting him on the head with a bottle of vodka in Osborne Road, Watford.

It later emerged he had tried to book in to nearby Phoenix Lodge hotel in St Albans Road.

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Forensic police at Phoenix Lodge, in St Albans Road, Watford, where McCann had attempted to check in.

But he remained at large and on May 5 it emerged he had raped and sexually assaulted two children aged 11 and 17 after meeting their mother in a bar.

He raped a 71-year-old woman in Ramsbottom, Lancashire, after forcing her to drive him to an industrial estate in her own car.

He then kidnapped a 13-year-old girl in Heywood, and sexually assaulted her while the elderly woman was still in the car.

Both victims escaped at a service station in Knutsford and called police, but just over half an hour later he had driven to Congleton, Cheshire, where he kidnapped two 14-year-old girls.

A police officer spotted the car at a roundabout 20 minutes later and gave chase, but McCann fled after colliding with another vehicle and escaped from officers.

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Police footage of the stolen Fiat driven by McCann

Road blocks were set up around Congleton. At 8.38pm, a police officer stopped a taxi after seeing a man matching McCann's description in the back seat.

McCann fled on foot across fields, but a police helicopter located him just over an hour later, hiding up a tree.

Following a five-hour stand-off with police negotiators, he finally came down and was arrested by Cheshire police on Monday, May 6 at 2.36am.

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The video shows an officer with a head torch and a high-visibility vest up the tree before McCann appears climbing down the tree, apparently attached to a climbing harness.

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He takes the final steps down on a stepladder, and appears to be seeking reassurance from officers.

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Wearing a red T-shirt, track suit bottoms and trainers, he is wrapped in a blanket and appears exhausted as he is spoken to by officers.

McCann is due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Monday.