Met Police suspends 'taken into consideration' system

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A system which allows an offender to have multiple crimes "taken into consideration" has been suspended by the Met Police following a review.

Officers will not use the process for at least two weeks after "potential vulnerabilities" were highlighted.

The Met Police said the system needed to "withstand full scrutiny".

A case where a defendant was allowed to have more than 500 burglary offences to be taken into consideration is also being investigated.

'Full scrutiny'

Three detective constables and a sergeant are currently under investigation by the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) in relation to the case, which was highlighted after the review began.

Having offences taken into consideration arises when someone is accused or convicted of a crime and subsequently admits other offences that were unlinked or unknown to the police.

The Crown Prosecution Service then decides how these counts should be dealt with.

A review of the system, which is also known as TIC, was launched after routine checks revealed issues.

Cdr Simon Letchford said: "We have taken immediate action, driven by our own internal checks, to not use the current TIC process until we can be satisfied that it can withstand full scrutiny.

"It was as a result of this review and subsequent allegations made by an individual leading to a DPS investigation, that led us to take this positive course of action."

He added the Met Police would discipline any officers acting outside of the TIC policy.

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