London police officer from diplomatic unit charged with rape

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LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – A London police officer based mostly within the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command was charged with rape on Sunday, the Metropolitan Police stated in an announcement.

David Carrick, aged 46, was charged by police in Hertfordshire, the place he was off-duty on the time.

The cost comes days after Wayne Couzens, an officer in the identical command, was sentenced to life imprisonment with out parole for the kidnap, rape and homicide of Sarah Everard in March in a case that shocked Britain and stirred protests over violence in opposition to girls. learn extra

The Metropolitan Police stated it was “sickened, angered and devastated” by Couzens’ crimes, and its Commissioner Cressida Dick apologised to Everard’s household.

The case triggered requires main reform over how cops are vetted and the way crimes in opposition to girls are handled.

Speaking about Sunday’s rape cost, Dick stated: “I am deeply concerned to hear the news today that an officer from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command has been arrested and now charged with this serious offence.

“I totally recognise the general public can be very involved too.”

She said criminal proceedings must now take their course.

Carrick was arrested on Saturday by Hertfordshire Constabulary and suspended the same day by the Metropolitan Police.

Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Daniel Wallis

The rotating triangular sign is seen outside New Scotland Yard in central London March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth