Met Police officer David Carrick pleads guilty to 49 sex crimes including 24 rapes against 12 women

A Met Police diplomatic protection officer today admitted to being a serial sex attacker guilty of 24 rapes over nearly 20 years serving with the force. 

David Carrick, 48, who was known to his colleagues as ‘Bastard Dave’ pleaded guilty to a total of 49 offences against 12 women between 2003 and 2020. 

The Met has apologised to victims after it emerged Carrick came to the attention of police over nine incidents including allegations of rape, domestic violence, and harassment between 2000 and 2021.

Carrick – who joined the Met in 2001 before becoming an armed officer with the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in 2009 – faced no criminal sanctions or misconduct findings, and was only suspended after being arrested over a second rape complaint in October 2021.

David Carrick, 47, was a Met Police firearms officer who worked on the Parliamentary estate

David Carrick, 47, was a Met Police firearms officer who worked on the Parliamentary estate

On one of the darkest day’s in the Met’s 194-year history, it’s emerged – 

  • David Carrick pleaded guilty to 24 counts of rape and nine of sexual assault; 
  • Met diplomatic protection officer also admitted a string of other offences including numerous sexual assaults and three counts of false imprisonment; 
  • Fiend was nicknamed ‘Bastard Dave’ by colleagues and showed one of his victims his warrant card; 
  • Force failed to stop him despite nine incidents, including claims of rape, domestic violence and harassment, coming to police attention over two decades; 
  • Rishi Sunak branded Carrick ‘appalling’ and  accepted the public’s faith in the police had taken a hit; 
  • Sadiq Khan says he is ‘absolutely sickened and appalled’ by Carrick’s ‘truly abhorrent offences’;   

Met is now reviewing more than 1,600 cases of alleged sexual offences or domestic violence involving officers and staff;  

Carrick appeared at Southwark Crown Court today to plead guilty to four counts of rape, false imprisonment, and indecent assault, relating to a 40-year-old woman in 2003.

In December at the Old Bailey, Carrick, who had served in the Army before joining the Met in 2001, admitted 43 charges against 11 other women, including 20 counts of rape, between March 2004 and September 2020.

Shocking string of charges Carrick has admitted to  

  • 24 counts of rape
  • nine counts of sexual assault
  • five counts of assault by penetration
  • three counts of coercive and controlling behaviour
  • three counts of false imprisonment
  • two counts of attempted rape
  • one count of attempted sexual assault by penetration, one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent and one count of indecent assault.


He denied a further count of rape in September 2020 relating to a 13th woman, whose allegation triggered the investigation, and the Crown Prosecution Service decided it was not in the public interest to proceed to trial on the charge.

Over drinks in a pub on September 4 2020, Carrick told her he was a firearms officer nicknamed ‘Bastard Dave’, showed her his warrant card and boasted of meeting famous people in the course of his work, a court previously heard.

In total Carrick, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, has pleaded guilty to 49 offences, relating to 12 women between 2003 and 2020. 

They include the rape of nine different women, but some of the charges are multiple incident counts, meaning they relate to more than 80 sexual offences, including at least 48 rapes. 

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Moor, from Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said the ‘sheer number of offences’ showed Carrick’s ‘prolific and callous nature’ and he expects even more victims to come forward.

Carrick met some of the women through online dating sites such as Tinder and Badoo or on social occasions, using his position as a police officer to gain their trust.

‘Whilst he was not a man that stalked the streets scouting for victims – he invested time in developing relationships with women to sustain his appetite for degradation and control – the coercive nature of his offending undermined his victims in the most destructive way,’ said Mr Moor.

Carrick admitted raping nine of the women, some on multiple occasions over months or years, with many of those attacks involving violence that would have left them physically injured.

Some were locked in a small cupboard under the stairs in his Hertfordshire home for hours without food or forced to clean his house naked.

Carrick was part of the Met's Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command

Carrick was part of the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command

Carrick whipped one woman with a belt, urinated on some of his victims, and told them when they could eat and sleep.

He called women ‘fat and lazy’ or his ‘slave’ as he controlled them financially, isolated them from friends and family, and forbade them from speaking with other men or even their own children.

‘He thrived on humiliating his victims and cleverly used his professional position to intimate there was no point in them trying to seek help because they would never be believed,’ said Mr Moor.

‘The coercive nature of his offending undermined his victims in the most destructive way.’

The officer described the false imprisonment charges as ‘shocking’, adding: ‘Carrick forced his victim into a small under-stairs cupboard at his home address where they stayed intimidated and humiliated until he chose when they could come out. I have seen bigger dog crates.’

‘It is unbelievable to think these offences could have been committed by a serving police officer,’ he said.

‘The offending was absolutely abhorrent and I’m disgusted by it. I have a lot of pride and respect in the police service and I’m proud to be a policeman.

‘When something like this happens, it obviously places a big cloud over the service as a whole.

‘But I’m hoping that as a result of the thorough investigation that we’ve done and the fact that he’s been brought to justice will hopefully give people the confidence to be able to report matters to the police.’ 

Carrick appeared in Southwark Crown Court today charged with a string of sex offences

 Carrick appeared in Southwark Crown Court today charged with a string of sex offences 

Speaking outside court, senior investigating officer DCI Moor said he was relieved for Carrick’s victims that they now would not have to give evidence at trial.

He said: ‘The weight of their evidence was extremely powerful and today we pay tribute to them. We commend all of the victims for their bravery in coming forward and would like to thank them for their courage and being prepared to take the stand to see justice served.

‘I hope this case will give anyone who’s been a victim of sexual assault or rape in the past and for whatever reason has not reported it, the courage to come forward. I would also like to commend my team who’ve worked incredibly hard to bring David Carrick to justice.

‘The police service is committed to tackling violence against women and girls in all its forms. And I hope our response in this case serves to reassure victims of our commitment to them. The details of David Carrick’s crimes are truly shocking.

‘I suspect many will be appalled and sickened by his actions but I hope the victims and the public more widely are reassured that no one is above the law and the police service will relentlessly pursue those offenders who target women in this way.’ 

Serial rapist nicknamed ‘Bastard Dave’ who trawled for his victims on dating sites before humiliating them ‘both physically and mentally’  

Serial rapist and Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick was nicknamed ‘Bastard Dave’ and boasted of meeting then Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the course of his duties.

The armed officer joined the force in 2001, having served in the British Army, and transferred to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in 2009, where his role involved guarding parliamentary, government and diplomatic buildings.

The 48-year-old Pc found some of his victims on dating sites such as Tinder and Badoo before arranging to meet at bars and using his status as a police officer to gain their trust.

Carrick pictured in sketch by Elizabeth Cook from a previous court appearance

Carrick pictured in sketch by Elizabeth Cook from a previous court appearance

Prosecutors said Carrick would appear ‘fun-loving, charming and charismatic’ but was ‘very manipulative’ and ‘very self-confident almost to the point of being cocky’.

He said, ‘not again’, when he was arrested at his home in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in October 2021 after he was accused of raping a woman he met on Tinder in a Premier Inn in St Albans.

More than 1,600 claims of sexual assault and domestic violence against Met officers and staff under review  

More than 1,600 cases of alleged sexual offences or domestic violence involving Metropolitan Police officers and staff are being reviewed in the wake of the David Carrick case.

The force said that accusations ranging from arguments to the most serious sexual crimes from the last 10 years are being checked to make sure that the appropriate decisions were made.

A total of 1,633 cases involving 1,071 officers and staff are set to be reviewed.

The force said that most officers whose cases are reviewed will remain on duty without being subject to restrictions while the inquiries are carried out.

A spokesman said: ‘In the event that information was to emerge from a review that raised concerns then an officer or member of staff’s status would be reconsidered without delay.

‘All new allegations against officers and staff are subject to robust risk management including restrictions and suspension where appropriate.’

The Met has already faced heavy criticism of its internal disciplinary procedures with Baroness Casey finding the system is racist and misogynist, and that allegations of sexual misconduct or discrimination are less likely to result in a case to answer than other claims.

The peer said that some officers and staff were getting away with misconduct and even criminal behaviour.

Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has said he believes hundreds of corrupt officers are serving within the force and should be sacked.

National concerns have also been raised about how police forces deal with allegations of domestic abuse made against officers and staff.

Watchdogs found that there were systemic weaknesses in the way that the claims are dealt with following a so-called super-complaint, a system used to raise wider issues in policing, made by women’s justice campaigners.

When she arrived at a nearby pub on September 4 2020, Carrick had ordered a bottle of wine and the woman said she felt ‘pressured’ to drink as he had paid for it.

He told her he was a Met Police firearms officer nicknamed ‘Bastard Dave’, showed her his warrant card and boasted of meeting famous people, including Mr Johnson, in the course of his work.

She told police that Carrick called her ‘disgusting’ and referred to himself as a ‘dominant bastard’ while raping her the following morning after she woke up naked in the bath with sick in her hair.

During his first appearance at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on October 4 2021, prosecutor Mark Fleckney said a trawl of his electronic devices revealed searches for ‘rough’ pornography.

Carrick was suspended from duty following his arrest and remanded in custody as the investigation ‘snowballed’ following the publicity surrounding the case, according to police.

He denied raping the woman and prosecutors said it was not in the public interest to proceed to trial on the charge as he admitted sex attacks on a dozen other women who came forward following the first complaint.

Investigators said they discovered a pattern of behaviour where Carrick used his position as a police officer to gain the trust of his victims, who feared they would not be believed because of his position.

Carrick, who had a pet snake, exerted control by paying for dinner and drinks, so women would feel indebted to him before isolating them from their friends and family members.

He would tell some of his victims they were not allowed to eat, calling them ‘fat and lazy’, while others were ordered to stay in bed all day so they could have sex all night.

Women were locked in an under-stairs cupboard in Carrick’s home, said by police to be smaller than a dog crate, for hours without food, or made to clean the house naked.

Carrick urinated over some of his victims and made derogatory comments towards the women, referring to them as his ‘slave’ or a ‘whore’.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Shilpa Shah said he did not seem concerned and acted as if he was having ‘a chat’ during police interviews, where he claimed his victims had consented to his actions.

‘He was very self-confident and quite charming, as if he was talking to his friends,’ she said.

‘This is a harrowing case where some victims were relentlessly manipulated – financially cut off and isolated from their friends and family and repeatedly humiliated.

‘Carrick took so much from them both physically and mentally.

‘Carrick was persuasive but also incredibly manipulative.

‘He told the victims from the start that he was a police officer and suggested to them that it would be their word against his, a concern that a lot of victims have.

‘This makes the reporting of these matters all the most courageous, as these women were going up against a police officer who controlled them.’ 

Met failed to kick him out despite receiving NINE claims of rape, domestic violence and harassment  

Scotland Yard failed to throw out David Carrick despite nine incidents, including allegations of rape, domestic violence and harassment, coming to police attention over two decades.

The 48-year-old Metropolitan Police constable faced no criminal sanctions or misconduct findings over the incidents between 2000 and 2021 – eight of which involved alleged women victims.

He passed vetting procedures to join the Met in 2001 despite allegations of malicious communications and burglary against an ex-partner the previous year.

Carrick was accused of harassment and assault against a former partner while still in his probationary period in 2002 but the matter was not referred to the Directorate of Professional Standards.

He was the subject of five complaints from members of the public between 2002 and 2008, including rudeness, incivility and the use of force, with two of the incidents dealt with by management action.

Carrick passed checks to become a firearms officer in 2009 despite at least one further domestic incident involving the Met in 2004 and was re-vetted in 2017 – the same year he was spoken to by Thames Valley Police officers after being thrown out of a Reading nightclub while drunk.

By then he had also been the suspect in a 2016 Hampshire Police investigation following an allegation of harassment but he was not arrested.

The Pc was given ‘words of advice’ after being accused of grabbing a woman by the neck during a domestic incident investigated by Hertfordshire Constabulary in 2019 over informing his chain of command about off-duty incidents but found to have no misconduct case to answer.

He was placed on restricted duties after he was arrested on suspicion of rape in July 2021 but the restrictions were lifted after the criminal probe was dropped in September.

Carrick has now admitted two charges of rape, two of sexual assault and one count of controlling and coercive behaviour in relation to the woman.

However, Carrick never returned to full duties because he was arrested over another rape allegation in October after another woman came forward.

The investigation prompted another dozen women to make allegations against Carrick, many of whom said they had been scared to speak out because of his position.

No police colleagues ever complained about Carrick’s behaviour but following his arrest some officers confirmed he was known as ‘the bastard’ or ‘Bastard Dave’ because he was ‘mean and cruel’.

Assistant Commissioner Barbara Gray, the Met’s lead for professionalism, said Carrick’s offending was ‘unprecedented in policing’ and apologised to his victims for failing to remove him from the force.

‘We should have spotted his pattern of abusive behaviour and because we didn’t, we missed opportunities to remove him from the organisation,’ she said.

‘We are truly sorry that being able to continue to use his role as a police officer may have prolonged the suffering of his victims.’

She added: ‘What we are responsible for, and I truly apologise for, is that we have failed to identify the abusive behaviours that he has conducted over a long, long period of time.

‘We are truly sorry that he was not identified earlier, that victims felt that they couldn’t come forward earlier, and we have to bear that responsibility that he continued then to use his position as a police officer to exploit and manipulate and carry out his predatory behaviours.’

The Met said the force is confident Carrick would not have passed vetting procures to join the force today and said in 2009, when he joined what is now the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, previous incidents resulting in criminal or misconduct action were not necessarily taken into consideration.

The force admitted sufficient intelligence checks were not carried out when he was re-vetted in 2017 and that Carrick was not vetted again after he was arrested for rape in July 2021.

The only time there is evidence that a full review was carried out was when he was arrested in October 2021.

The case is the latest in a string of damaging scandals for the Met, including offensive messages exchanged by a team at Charing Cross and the strip-search of a teenage girl at school while she was menstruating.

Dame Cressida Dick stepped down as commissioner last year after facing criticism over the controversies and the case will be seen as a major setback for her successor Sir Mark Rowley’s attempts to clean up the reputation of the force.

A review has identified around 1,000 current officers and staff who have previously been the subject of allegations of sexual offences, including rape or domestic abuse, which could not be proven or subject to misconduct proceedings.

Ms Gray said: ‘It’s a devastating impact that he has had on other women and girls across London, because we’re working so hard to gain their trust and our colleagues are devastated when they are working 24/7 seeking to protect victims at all times.’

Of the review, a Met spokesman said: ‘As part of our continuing commitment to reform and delivering the highest level of professional standards, we are reviewing the details of any allegations of domestic abuse or sexual offences from the past 10 years where a Met officer or member of staff was involved and the allegation/resulting case has been finalised.

‘This will include a very wide range of allegations from verbal arguments and altercations in a domestic or family setting to the most serious sexual offences. It could include cases where no further action was taken and where no criminal allegations were made.’ Met Police officer David Carrick pleads guilty to 49 sex crimes including 24 rapes against 12 women

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