Senior royal protection officer is arrested on suspicion of rape and stalking

Senior royal police protection officer is arrested on suspicion of rape and stalking

  • The unnamed Met inspector was arrested in August by detectives in Sussex
  • He was held then bailed after woman alleged she was victim of rape and stalking 
  • Met also made a mandatory referral to Independent Office for Police Conduct 

By Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter For Mailonline

Published: 10:18 BST, 2 September 2019 | Updated: 11:13 BST, 2 September 2019

A senior police officer charged with protecting the royals has been arrested on suspicion of rape, it was revealed today.

The unnamed inspector has also been held for alleged stalking after a woman complained he had turned up outside her house causing her ‘alarm and distress’.

He was arrested by Sussex Police in August and bailed pending further investigation by detectives based in Brighton. 

The inspector attached to the Met’s royal protection unit that guards the Queen’s family has been arrested on suspicion of rape and stalking a woman

Scotland Yard said the allegations have no relation to the officer’s role as a royalty and specialist protection command officer.

The force said: ‘We can confirm a serving Metropolitan Police officer has been arrested on suspicion of rape and stalking involving serious alarm or distress.

‘The inspector, who is attached to the royalty and specialist protection command, was arrested on August 22 by Sussex Police, who are leading the investigation.

‘The allegations do not relate to the officer’s role as a royalty and specialist protection command officer. The officer has been placed on restricted duties.’

The Metropolitan Police made a mandatory referral to watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which decided the force’s internal standards department should carry out its own investigation into the claims.

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