A “grim” catalogue of sexual misconduct allegations against Metropolitan Police officers is revealed in a special investigation by the Observer. Documents obtained by the paper show there were 594 complaints made against Met officers between 2012 and 2018 – with 119 of these upheld. Some of the claims reported by the Observer include one officer having sex with a rape victim, and another assaulting a domestic abuse survivor. An officer is also alleged to have impersonated a woman online “to advance his sexual proclivities and also film a woman apparently having non-consensual sex with a male in a public park”. The Met said “While the allegations involve a small percentage of staff, we acknowledge the impact any offence will have on those involved, and will continue to take all allegations of this nature extremely seriously.”
The government has been scrambling to reassure Britons that rising gas prices would not plunge the country into an energy crisis, as ministers held a series of emergency meetings with energy companies and regulators, The Observer writes.
Plans to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to 12 to 15-year-olds across the UK are set to be announced by the government – and a mass inoculation programme will begin in schools within two weeks, The Observer reports.