Sir Mark continued: “So as I say, I want to apologise to all his victims and women across London who feel let down by this and whose trust in policing is shaken by this.”

Earlier this month, former Metropolitan Police officer Carrick, 48, admitted 49 criminal charges including 24 counts of rape against 12 women, making him one of the UK’s most prolific known sex offenders.

Carrick faced complaints about his behaviour before he joined the force in 2001, then again as a probationer in 2002 and numerous times throughout his policing career until 2021.

He was only suspended from duty in October 2021 when he was arrested for rape, and his pay was finally stopped in December 2022 when he admitted the majority of the criminal charges he faced.

The former officer, who has been sacked from the force, used his position within the Met’s ranks at first to win over his victims’ trust and later to intimidate them.

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