Cressida Dick ‘deeply concerned’ as serving Met Police officer charged with rape

A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been charged with rape.

PC David Carrick, 46, from Stevenage, will appear via video link at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Scotland Yard said PC Carrick, who is based within the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, was charged by Hertfordshire Constabulary on Sunday.

The officer was off-duty in Hertfordshire at the time the alleged offence is said to have taken place, on September 4 last year.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said: ‘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 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 force said it awaits the outcome of criminal proceedings, adding that a referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Malcom McHaffie, the chief crown prosecutor of CPS Thames and Chiltern, 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 tomorrow 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.’

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