London police sorry after another officer guilty of sex crimes

The pinnacle of Britain’s largest police pressure on Wednesday apologised after one other of his officers was convicted of intercourse crimes, and admitted that on common two to a few officers confronted felony costs in court docket each week.

The Metropolitan Police is battling to revive its fame after a serving officer was jailed for all times for the kidnap, rape and homicide of a younger girl in south London in 2021.

Lax vetting procedures at London pressure

Earlier this month one other officer admitted 24 rapes and a string of different intercourse offences, prompting recent questions on lax vetting procedures on the London pressure.

Within the newest case, police constable Hussain Chehab on Tuesday admitted having intercourse with a 14-year-old woman and possessing indecent photographs of youngsters.

A court docket was instructed that Chehab had even served as a college liaison officer throughout his time on the pressure.

Met Police commissioner Mark Rowley described the case as “ghastly” and conceded that the pressure was coping with “quite a lot of unhealthy apples”.

The Met has mentioned 1,071 of its personal officers had been or are underneath investigation for home abuse and violence in opposition to girls and ladies.

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“Most weeks there’s two to a few officers going to court docket,” he mentioned, including that the circumstances had been a combination of dishonesty, violence and violence in opposition to girls and ladies.

He apologised for the Chehab case, however warned that extra circumstances had been prone to emerge as he implements reforms to root out the felony and corrupt within the Met’s ranks.

“We’re going to be surfacing extra,” he instructed the London Meeting’s police and crime committee.

‘Elementary downside throughout policing’

Final week campaigners dumped 1,071 rotten apples, representing the variety of officers being probed, in entrance of the Met’s New Scotland Yard headquarters.

“We’ve been instructed time and time once more that it’s only one unhealthy apple right here and there, however that is truly a elementary downside proper throughout policing,” mentioned Ruth Davison, head of the home abuse charity Refuge, which organised the protest.

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She referred to as for any officer dealing with formal allegations to be suspended whereas an investigation takes place.

Wayne Couzens, who served within the Met’s armed unit defending MPs and international diplomats, was jailed for all times for the kidnap, rape and homicide of Sarah Everard.

Serial rapist David Carrick, who might be sentenced subsequent month, served in the identical unit.

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