Metropolitan Police Service

Met Police officer denies sexual assault while on duty

A serving Metropolitan police officer has denied sexually assaulting a woman at a hotel while on duty.

PC Rudvelle Walters, 47, is accused with assaulting a woman at a hotel in High Road, Wembley, at about 05.00 GMT on 5 February 2019.

Mr Walters, of Luton, Bedford, denied a charge of sexual assault on a female and attempted sexual assault on a female at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

He was granted unconditional bail to appear at Southwark Crown Court on 8 September.

Mr Walters, who is attached to the North West Command Unit, is currently on restricted duties, according to a spokesman for the force.

Head of frontline policing retires after 38 years

Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons,
Metropolitan Police

The Met Police's head of day-to-day policing will step down at the end of the month, after delaying his retirement to lead the force's reponse to coronavirus.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons leaves the force after nearly 38 years of service.

In February 2012, the Cambridge-educated officer was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.

Mr Simmons said: “I feel so deeply privileged to have had the opportunity to serve London in what I firmly believe is the best police force in the world.

“The organisation today is fundamentally different in so many respects to the one I joined and I am proud to have played a small part in the changes.

“However, the underpinning values that drew me to a career in policing hold true - compassion for victims, care for communities, a desire for justice, and a can-do attitude and strong team spirit."

Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “Mark’s wealth of knowledge and experience in policing will be a great loss to the Met and to London.

"I want to thank him for his service and, on behalf of so many colleagues and friends within the Met and beyond, wish him every happiness in the future.”