Ex-Met Police officer convicted of multiple counts of rape

Mitchell told one his victims she would never be believed due to the fact he was a police officer.

A former Metropolitan Police officer from Wandsworth has been convicted of multiple counts of rape, according to Scotland Yard.

Cliff Mitchell, 24, was found guilty of 10 counts of rape, three counts of rape of a child under 13, one count of kidnap and breach of a non-molestation order following a trial at Croydon Crown Court, the Met said.

He approached one of his victims with a knife in September 2023 and told her to put her arms behind her back, before tying her up with cable ties and putting tape over her mouth.

Another one of Mitchell’s victims said he forced her and another person to get into his car and only managed to escape by saying she had to get out of the vehicle because she felt sick.

She was later seen running through traffic by members of the public before a passer-by noticed what was going on and managed to get her in her vehicle, his trial was told.

In a 999 call played to the court, the distressed woman told the operator “he’s kidnapped me” and “he’s behind us” as she travelled in the car of the passer-by who had offered help.

Mitchell had previously been subject to a rape investigation in 2017, which had resulted in no further action, the force said.

Following his arrest, the case was reinvestigated which resulted in Mitchell being charged with an additional three counts of rape of a child under 13 and three counts of rape.

These six charges relate to a second victim and occurred between 2014 and 2017, the Met said.

Mitchell was a Pc in the Met’s West Area Basic Command Unit and was serving in Hounslow when a number of the offences were committed, the Met said.

He was suspended from the force after the allegations came to light and has since been dismissed.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy described Mitchell’s actions as “deplorable”.

He continued: “This is a truly shocking case and I am sickened by Mitchell’s abhorrent behaviour and the pain he has caused the victims, who have shown enormous bravery by coming forward and giving evidence in court.

“It is down to their courage that he has been convicted and faces a significant custodial sentence.

“Mitchell not only carried out a sustained campaign of abuse against both of his victims, but he told one of them she would never be believed due to the fact he was a police officer.

“This brazen abuse of power makes Mitchell’s actions all the more deplorable.“

He continued: “We are doing more than we have done in decades to rid the Met of those who corrupt our integrity, including investing millions of pounds into our professional standards team and bringing in additional officers and staff with specialist skills and experience to investigate criminality and misconduct.

"Part of that is dismissing officers who should not be here at the earliest opportunity.“