A Met firearms officer who guarded parliament was today revealed as one of Britain’s worst ever serial rapists after admitting to more than 80 sex offences spanning nearly 20 years.
David Carrick, 48, known to police colleagues as ‘B*****d Dave’, today pleaded guilty to 24 rapes and a string of other sadistic crimes against 12 women while he was serving with the force between 2003 and 2020.
The monster took delight in humiliating his victims, who he branded his ‘slaves’, with some locked in a small cupboard under the stairs for ten hours without food, whipped with a belt, or forced to clean his house naked.
Carrick would flash his warrant card to lure the women into a false sense of security and tell them: ‘I’m a police officer, you can trust me’. After the attacks, he would taunt his victims by saying they’d never be believed because he was a policeman and it was his word against theirs.
The PC was able torture and abuse women for 17 years despite coming to police attention nine times before his arrest when rape and domestic violence allegations made against him. Today, the Met apologised for its failure to stop Carrick as Number 10 warned trust in the police had been ‘shattered’.
David Carrick, 47, was a Met Police firearms officer who worked on the Parliamentary estate
In total Carrick, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, has pleaded guilty to 49 offences, relating to 12 women between 2003 and 2020
On one of the darkest day’s in the Met’s 194-year history –
- 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 ‘B*****d 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’s spokesman called the case ‘appalling’ and said that high-profile incidents had ‘shattered’ public trust;
- Sadiq Khan says he is ‘absolutely sickened and appalled’ by Carrick’s ‘truly abhorrent offences’;
- Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb will sentence Carrick over two days from February 6;
- Met is now reviewing more than 1,600 cases of alleged sexual offences or domestic violence involving officers and staff;
- Campaigners said the Met’s failure to stop Carrick showed it was an ‘institution in crisis’;
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.
Revealed: Crimes Carrick was able to commit as his bosses missed repeated chances to stop him
- 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 ‘B*****d 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 appearing in Southwark Crown Court today, where he pleaded guilty to 24 counts of rape
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
Today, Downing Street said the actions said Carrick’s actions were ‘appalling’ and acknowledged public confidence in the police had been ‘shattered’.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘This is an appalling case and the Prime Minister’s thoughts are with all of his victims.
‘We have been clear, there is no place in our police forces for officers who fall so seriously short of the acceptable standards of behaviour and are not fit to wear the uniform.
‘Police forces must root out these officers to restore the public’s trust, which has been shattered by high-profile events such as this.
‘The Home Office is pushing for improvement and has recently announced a review of police dismissals to ensure the system is fair and effective at removing officers who are not fit to serve.’
Home Secretary Suella Braverman is looking at how the dismissal process for officers can be improved, amid concerns about a lack of public trust in the police.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper sad the case was evidence of ‘appalling failures’ in the police vetting procedures.
She said: ‘This is a truly shocking and appalling case, with the most devastating rapes, sexual and violent crimes committed against women by a serving police officer. It is a tribute to the bravery of his victims that this man has now been caught.
‘But it is further evidence of appalling failures in the police vetting and misconduct processes, still not addressed by Government, that he was ever able to serve as a police officer. Everyone who demanded change will feel badly let down today.’
Liberal Democrat Leader Sir Ed Davey said that the facts of the case were ‘disturbing’.
‘Officers like David Carrick need to be identified and rooted out quickly, with investment in quality supervision and training to ensure the small number of officers who abuse their position are removed immediately.’
Detective Chief Inspector Iain Moor from the Bedfordshire, Cambridge and Hertfordshire major crime unit (left) and Jaswant Narwal, Chief Crown Prosecutor
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: ‘I am absolutely sickened and appalled by the truly abhorrent offences that David Carrick has committed.
‘Londoners will be rightly shocked that this man was able to work for the Met for so long, and serious questions must be answered about how he was able to abuse his position as an officer in this horrendous manner.
‘I remain in close contact with the new Met Commissioner about this case and the work to reform the culture and standards of the Met has already started with Baroness Louise Casey’s interim review now complete and a new, anonymous police complaints hotline and anti-corruption team recently established by Sir Mark Rowley.’
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.’
New Met commissioner Mark Rowley has said he believes hundreds of officers serving in the force should be sacked
Shilpa Shah, the Senior Crown Prosecutor in the case, said: ‘With a vast number of charges for rape and serious sexual assault, as well as victims spanning a 17-year-period, this is one of the most significant cases the Crown Prosecution Service has dealt with.
‘It was harrowing seeing how victims were relentlessly manipulated; they were financially cut off and isolated from their friends and family and repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted. Carrick took so much from them both physically and mentally.
‘It didn’t matter to Carrick who the victim was – a new girlfriend, a partner, a friend or a stranger – he would still abuse them.
‘Although the names of the women who showed tremendous courage in overcoming this manipulation to report these abhorrent crimes won’t ever be made public, they need to be commended, and I want to thank them for coming forward and providing the evidence we needed to secure today’s conviction and end Carrick’s offending.’
Andrea Simon, Director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW), said: ‘This case is a horrendous example of police failures and their complete lack of oversight and accountability.’
How serial rapist nicknamed B*****d Dave ‘charmed’ victims he met on dating sites before humiliating them ‘physically and mentally’
Serial rapist and Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick was nicknamed ‘B*****d 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 was part of the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command
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 ‘B*****d 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 b*****d’ 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.
Carrick faced no criminal sanctions or misconduct findings over the incidents between 2000 and 2021 – eight of which involved alleged women victims
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 b*****d’ or ‘B*****d Dave’ because he was ‘mean and cruel’.
He passed vetting procedures to join the Met in 2001 despite allegations of malicious communications and burglary against an ex-partner the previous year
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.’
David Carrick timeline: How the former soldier got away with horrific crimes for nearly two decades
As Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick faces a lengthy jail sentence after carrying out sex attacks on a dozen women, here are some of the key events in the case:
– 1996-1997: Carrick serves in the British Army.
– 2000: He is a suspect in two offences reported to the Met involving allegations of malicious communications and burglary against a former partner, after Carrick refused to accept the end of their relationship. He is not arrested and no further action is taken.
– August 2001: Carrick joins the Met. After training he works as a response officer based in Merton, south-west London.
– 2002: While still in his two-year probationary period, Carrick is accused of harassment and assault against a former partner. He is not arrested by the Met and no further action is taken. The matter is not referred to the Directorate of Professional Standards.
– 2002: Carrick is subject of the first of five public complaints made between 2002 and 2008. Two allegations he had been rude were dealt with by management action locally, while three relating to incivility and use of force were withdrawn or dismissed.
– 2003: His first known victim is repeatedly raped.
– 2004: Carrick rapes a 57-year-old woman.
– 2004: Carrick is involved in a domestic incident but no criminal allegations are made to the Met, he is not arrested and the matter is not referred to the Directorate of Professional Standards.
– July 2005: The officer is now based in Barnet, north London.
– 2006-2009: On multiple occasions, the officer rapes a woman, who he abuses, threatens with violence and demeans. She fears that she will not be believed if she reports him.
– 2009: Carrick is transferred to what is now the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, where his role involves providing an armed policing presence at parliamentary, government and diplomatic premises.
– 2009: Hertfordshire Police receive a domestic abuse report from a third party involving Carrick but neither party make a complaint and no charge is brought. Hertfordshire Police inform Met supervisors.
– 2009: Carrick meets his next victim, a 51-year-old woman, who he sexually assaults after a social evening.
– August 2009: He sexually assaults a 47-year-old woman after sharing a hotel room following a social event.
– November 2009: Carrick invites a 57-year-old woman back to his home, becomes aggressive and tries to rape her.
– November 2015: Carrick rapes a 45-year-old woman.
– 2016: Carrick is a suspect in a Hampshire Police investigation following an allegation of harassment. He is not arrested and the investigation is later closed.
– October 2016: Carrick repeatedly rapes and sexually abuses a woman he met online, in some cases causing injuries and urinating over her.
– 2017: Carrick should have been vetted after 10 years of service but is only now re-vetted and passes.
– 2017: Carrick is spoken to by Thames Valley Police officers after he is thrown out of a Reading nightclub for being drunk. He is not arrested and the matter is not referred to the Met.
– March 2017: Carrick meets a woman on a night out, who he goes on to rape multiple times and sexually abuse. She later describes him as totally controlling and aggressive and says he regularly urinated in her mouth, humiliated her and threatened her with violence.
– 2017: Carrick meets a 31-year-old woman on an online dating site who later tells how he raped her in the shower after dragging her in by her hair. She also describes being whipped with a belt and suffocated during sex.
– July 2018: Carrick meets a 41-year-old woman online, who he sexually assaults while she cleans his bathroom.
– 2019: Hertfordshire Police receive a third party report of assault and criminal damage involving an argument between Carrick and a woman during a domestic incident. He is said to have grabbed her by the neck.
Neither party are supportive of police involvement and no further action is taken after the case is looked at by the domestic abuse unit.
The incident is referred to the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards and Carrick is given words of advice in relation to informing his chain of command about off-duty incidents. It is determined he has no case to answer in relation to misconduct.
– July 2020: Carrick meets a woman on an online dating site who he goes on to rape, causing her injuries. He is verbally and physically aggressive, urinates on her and uses sex toys against her will.
– July 2021: The woman reports being raped by Carrick. He is arrested by Hertfordshire Police over the allegation but no further action is taken after she withdraws the complaint.
The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards is made aware and Carrick is placed on restricted duties. It is determined he has no case to answer in relation to any misconduct and in September the restriction is lifted, although he never returns to full duties.
– October 1 2021: A 50-year-old woman reports she was raped by Carrick in September 2020. He is arrested, charged and suspended by the Met.
– October 4: Carrick is remanded in custody after appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with rape.
– October 2021-October 2022: The publicity prompts another 12 women to come forward and make allegations against Carrick.
– December 16 2022: Carrick pleads guilty to 43 offences at the Old Bailey. His pay is stopped by the Met.
– January 16 2023: Carrick admits a further six charges at Southwark Crown Court.