A serving Metropolitan police officer in the parliamentary and diplomatic protection command has been charged with rape.
PC David Carrick, 46, of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, will appear in court today via video link after being arrested and charged by Hertfordshire Constabulary and suspended by the Met Police over the weekend.
The officer is accused of attacking a woman in St Albans on the night of September 4, 2020, while he was off-duty.
As reported by The Guardian, Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said, ‘I am deeply concerned to hear the news that an officer from the Met’s parliamentary and diplomatic protection command has been arrested and now charged with this serious offence.
‘I fully recognise the public will be very concerned too. Criminal proceedings must now take their course so I am unable to comment any further at this stage.’
The Met has also made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which is currently investigating officers who allegedly exchanged ‘grossly offensive material’ with Couzens.
Malcolm McHaffie, the chief crown prosecutor of CPS Thames and Chiltern, also said: ‘The CPS has today authorised Hertfordshire constabulary to charge serving Metropolitan police officer David Carrick, 46, with one count of rape following an alleged attack on a woman on the night of September 4, 2020.
‘The defendant’s first court appearance will take place via video link at 10am [on Monday] at Hatfield magistrates court. The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has a right to a fair trial.
‘It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.’
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence, contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 between 12pm–2.30pm and 7pm– 9.30pm every day. Alternatively, you can contact Victim Support free on 08 08 16 89 111 available 24/7, every day of the year, including Christmas
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