London police officer charged with 6 rapes

Former PC Cliff Mitchell has been charged with six further counts of rape.

Mitchell, aged 23, who was attached to the West Area Basic Command Unit, was charged on Wednesday, 6 December with three counts of rape of a girl aged under 13 and three counts of rape of a girl aged 13/14/15.

The offences all involve the same victim and allegedly took place between 2014 and 2017 at an address in south-west London.

He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 13 December.

Mitchell was dismissed from the Met on Thursday, 7 December. We will not be discussing the circumstances around this at this time so as to avoid prejudicing any criminal trial.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy said: “I fully understand that the charging of a former officer may cause significant concern among Londoners at a time when we are working to rebuild confidence and trust.

“To avoid prejudicing ongoing criminal proceedings, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”


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