Sapphire sex crime unit Met Police could face charges

Two officers from the Metropolitan Police's sex crime unit could face criminal charges linked to claims that records were faked.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has passed files on a detective constable and a police constable to prosecutors.

The Met detective, who was referred to the IPCC in 2012, faces claims he faked entries on the crime reporting system.

The constable is accused of a potential conspiracy with the detective.

It is claimed the Met detective faked entries about submission of exhibits, advice from the Crown Prosecution Service and authorities from senior officers.

The claims against the detective emerged in May 2012 after a review of 21 of his live cases. The IPCC then also told the Met to look at 38 cases he had closed.

He was arrested the following month on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, and remains on bail.

Scotland Yard's Sapphire unit, since overhauled and renamed, came under fire for a series of failings dealing with rape and sexual assault cases.

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