Revealed: 26 Met Police colleagues of killer cop Wayne Couzens ‘have been convicted of sex crimes since 2016’ with two jailed just a month after Sarah Everard was raped and murdered
- At least 26 colleagues of evil Met Police officer Wayne Couzens committed sex crimes in the past five years
- Two were jailed for their offences in April – a month after the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard
- Sex crimes committed since 2016 include rape, possessing indecent images of children, and voyeurism
- Five ‘carried out offences while on duty’, and one was recruited despite having indecent exposure conviction
- Scotland Yard chief Cressida Dick faces calls to resign over the force’s failure to identify Couzens as a risk
At least 26 colleagues of evil Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens have committed sex crimes in the past five years, with two jailed for their offences in April this year – just a month after the horrifying abduction, rape and murder of Sarah Everard.
Figures obtained via the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 26 officers from Scotland Yard have been convicted of sex crimes including rape, possessing indecent images of children, and voyeurism since 2016. Five allegedly carried out sex offences while on duty since 2010, with one officer recruited last year despite having a conviction for indecent exposure.
Detective Constable Mark Collins, 58, was jailed for 26 months in April for sending ‘highly sexualised’ messages to what he thought was a girl aged 13 – but who was in fact an undercover officer. In the same month, Detective Constable Paul Allgood, 60, was jailed for 22 months for three counts of possessing indecent images of children and three of outraging public decency.
The Sunday Mirror also reported 150 serving officers have convictions for other offences including assault, in a series of revelations that put further pressure on Scotland Yard chief Cressida Dick as she faces calls to resign over the force’s failure to identify Couzens as a risk.
Ex-detective Maggie Oliver, Rochdale child abuse whistleblower and head of the Maggie Oliver Foundation, told the paper: ‘The police service is no longer fit for purpose. I don’t think it’s ever appropriate for a force to employ an officer with a criminal record. It’s just something that should not happen.’
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At least 26 colleagues of evil Wayne Couzens have committed sex crimes in the past five years, with two jailed for their offences in April this year
Undated family handout photo of Sarah Everard issued by the Crown Prosecution Service
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick delivers a statement outside the Old Bailey
A former police chief has claimed it has taken the death of a white woman for the issue of trust in policing to be addressed.
Sue Fish, the ex-chief of Nottinghamshire Police, said every woman she knows would have got into the car with the Met Police firearms officer who used his warrant card to kidnap Sarah Everard and then raped and murdered her.
Ms Fish also slammed Dame Cressida Dick for a lack of action in tackling misogyny in the Metropolitan Police, saying its safety guidelines have ‘absolutely no insight whatsoever’.
She rubbished them as ‘completely absurd’ and ‘impractical’ as fury grows at the handling of the Sarah Everard case.
Scotland Yard bosses are believed to remain sceptical about recording misogyny as a hate crime despite the majority of other chief constables backing the move.
Some senior officers are said to think the reform – drafted in March after Ms Everard’s death – is not needed because present legislation is adequate.
Ms Fish’s powerful intervention was echoed by Alice Vinten, who served in the Met for more than 10 years as a constable before leaving the force in 2015.
She hit out at the ‘lads culture’ during her time there and said women were still worried to report concerns about their colleagues.
But she was shot down by former Met Commissioner Lord Blair, who said: ‘It simply cannot be the case that this lads culture of the 1970s is surviving everywhere.’
‘My criticism goes to the top. Many forces are being led by men completely out of touch with the world of today and the public they serve.’
Couzens, who was given a whole life sentence this week for the kidnap, rape and murder of Miss Everard, was regularly deployed to guard MPs at the Houses of Parliament, it was revealed last night.
Scotland Yard admitted for the first time that Couzens, 48, carried out protection duties in Westminster on five occasions between February and July last year, despite having a history of sexual deviance. Senior sources claimed he was even issued with an ‘access all areas’ pass to Parliament.
Couzens is understood to have guarded various parts of the Commons and Lords. He also is believed to have patrolled the US embassy while working in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.
Last night it was reported that Couzens brought a prostitute to a police party at a hotel, while another sex worker turned up at the station he was based in, demanding money.
Couzens took a prostitute with him to a colleague’s tenth wedding anniversary party at the Hilton Hotel in Maidstone, Kent.
A source who was at the party told The Sun: ‘He was quite open about her being an escort. He said, ‘My wife can’t make it so I’ve brought this brass with me.’ ‘
In another incident, a prostitute reportedly turned up at Couzens’ station when he was working in Bromley, South London, and demanded to speak to him because he owed her money. The Eastern European woman refused to leave until she saw Couzens, and he had to be called back from patrol.
The report said he took her to a cashpoint and paid her money, later admitting to colleagues that she was a prostitute.
Embattled Met Commissioner Cressida Dick faced fresh calls to resign over the scandal amid growing demands for a full independent public inquiry. A new YouGov poll found that 38 per cent of people believed Dick should resign, compared with 27 per cent who thought she should stay and 35 per cent who were unsure.
The revelation about Couzens guarding Parliament, which came 24 hours after the Met said they would not be commenting on where he had worked, sparked anger from MPs – including Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.
Last night, Sir Lindsay said he was ‘extremely concerned’ at the revelation and would be seeking answers from the Met Commissioner over ‘how this man could ever have crossed the parliamentary threshold’.
He said: ‘Like everyone, I have been sickened by the depravity of Wayne Couzens – and heartbroken for the family of Sarah Everard. I have asked the Met to meet me urgently to discuss how this person could have been deemed suitable for deployment here.’
The armed police officer, 48, performed duties in the Houses of Parliament at least five times despite being nicknamed ‘The Rapist’
Couzens’s parliamentary duties were discovered after an inquiry by Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle (pictured)
Police Scotland to introduce new ID check lone officers will offer members of the public they speak to following Sarah Everard murder
Police Scotland say they are introducing a new verification check that lone officers will offer members of the public they speak to, in response to the murder of Sarah Everard.
Outrage over the murder has led to widespread concern over how to verify an officer’s identity, the force said.
From Saturday, Police Scotland said officers who are operating on their own will proactively offer to carry out a verification check for anyone they come across who appears to be concerned for their safety.
This will involve the officer’s radio being put on loudspeaker and a member of the control room staff confirming who they are.
Police Scotland said its constables will normally operate in pairs, though there may be rare cases when a lone officer approaches a member of the public.
Wayne Couzens, a serving Metropolitan Police officer, used his warrant card to falsely arrest Ms Everard before her murder.
The Speaker said he would also be seeking reassurance ‘that at no time was anyone on the parliamentary estate put at risk’.
Couzens’ role guarding the Commons will bring fresh questions over the vetting process of officers after it emerged he was nicknamed ‘the rapist’ by his colleagues.
He indecently exposed himself to women on at least three occasions, was addicted to ‘brutal’ pornography, habitually visited prostitutes and was reportedly the subject of three harassment claims by female officers by the time he murdered Miss Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, in March.
Labour MP Rosie Duffield said: ‘It’s chilling that someone whose nickname was ‘the rapist’ was guarding MPs when we are told that we are protected by a ring of steel. Knowing now that we had a murderer in our midst, I’m sure all women working in Parliament will want to see a thorough security review.’
Ian Blair, who served as Met Commissioner from 2005 to 2008, said the force needed to be subjected to ‘an absolutely forensic’ investigation similar to the Stephen Lawrence inquiry led by Lord Macpherson that found the Met was ‘institutionally racist’.
Critics have accused the force of being ‘institutionally misogynistic’ after Miss Everard’s murder.
Couzens received up to £10,000 in pay over four months after he was arrested in early March for Miss Everard’s murder, it emerged last night. He was not sacked by the Met until mid-July after he pleaded guilty to the killing.
Lord Blair told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that he wanted ‘an independent inquiry to try to discover what are the processes that allowed this man – who’s obviously a manipulative, homicidal maniac – to become a police officer’.
Home Secretary Priti Patel pledged £25million for more CCTV cameras in streets and other measures to ‘change the behaviour of perpetrators’. It came after Boris Johnson savaged the ‘infuriating’ failure of the Met to take violence against women seriously.
A spokesman for the Houses of Parliament said: ‘Wayne Couzens was never issued with a Parliamentary pass. He accessed the Parliamentary Estate with a MPS-issued temporary pass which gives limited access to the Parliamentary Estate.
‘These passes are issued to police officers in PADP who are not regularly posted to the Parliamentary Estate. They are issued at the beginning of the shift, returned at the end, and are tightly controlled.’
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