Counter-terrorism tactics used to convict 17 of London’s worst sex predators

Seventeen targets - nearly a fifth - have been found guilty of crimes against females (PA Archive)
Seventeen targets - nearly a fifth - have been found guilty of crimes against females (PA Archive)

Police deploying counter-terrorism tactics against London’s worst sex predators have secured 17 convictions in seven months.

An initiative ranked the 100 most dangerous male offenders targeting women and girls to transform the way rape and sexual assault is investigated.

The tactic is being used as the Metropolitan Police works to rebuild its reputation after a series of scandals and Baroness Louise Casey’s scathing review that found it was racist, misogynist and homophobic.

Since July last year, 17 targets - nearly a fifth - have been found guilty of crimes against females.

The Met’s intelligence unit used the Cambridge Crime Harm Index to help draw up a chart of domestic, sex, stalking and violent crime suspects mirroring methods used by organised and anti-terror detectives.

As the Standard reported earlier this month, 802 suspects were charged with rape in the year to December, more than double when compared with 364 over the same period in 2021.

Detective Chief Superintendent Angela Craggs, the Metropolitan Police’s lead for rape and sexual assault, said: “The Met is driving up trust with victim-survivors of these crimes and my team are leading the way in how.

“My team have transformed the way we investigate rape and sexual offences, more than doubling our number of rape charges since 2021.

“We are creating innovative tactics, seen in counter-terrorism and organised crime investigations, to better target those who cause the most harm.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Angela Craggs (Metropolitan Police)
Detective Chief Superintendent Angela Craggs (Metropolitan Police)

She added: “Part of this, and a huge focus for me, is to ensure we are putting victim-survivors at the heart of everything we do to eradicate sexual violence largely caused by predatory men.

“Rape investigation has moved on a lot over the years.

“There was a time perpetrators would deny the incident ever took place and get away with it due to a lack of evidence, but with excellent forensic opportunities both physically and digitally, the Met is getting better at building a picture around the perpetrators and holding them to account.

“I know this is not enough, and along with my team of officers I am committed to bringing even more perpetrators to justice before they can harm again.”

Anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault or rape, can report to police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.