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The Women's Resource Centre, a charity which supports women's organisations has condemned Metropolitan Police after an IPCC report found officers had pressurised women to drop rape claims:
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has criticised the practises of a London borough's Met Police rape unit. They called their failings 'deeply disturbing.'
The Metropolitan Police has issued the following statement in reaction to a highly-critical report on practices in the Southwark Sapphire Unit, a department dedicated to investigating rapes.
Police from a heavily criticised sex crime unit pressured a woman to drop a rape claim against a man who went on to murder his two children, the police watchdog has said.
An earlier rape allegation against Jean Say was dismissed by a detective sergeant at the Southwark Sapphire unit, who said the circumstances did not constitute rape because the woman "consented".
Deputy chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, Deborah Glass, said:
"There's no doubt this was an incredibly serious, shocking incident. We know with all the cases that we've dealt with that the consequences of not dealing with allegations of rape can be extremely serious.
"This is yet another tragic illustration of that."
A report from the Independent Police Complaints Commission has found failings in the working practices of the Metropolitan Police's Sapphire sex crime unit between July 2008 & Sept 2009.
It found instances when officers failed to believe victims and in one example, a woman was pressured to drop a rape claim against a man who went on to murder his two children.
Deputy chairwoman of the IPCC Deborah Glass said it was a sorry chapter of the Sapphire Unit’s history.
"The pressure to meet targets as a measure of success, rather than focusing on the outcome for the victim, resulted in the police losing sight of what policing is about – protecting the public and deterring and detecting crime."