A Metropolitan police special constable has been suspended after being accused of rape.

Paul Hoyle, 40, was arrested in Banfleet, Essex, on July 6 in connection with an alleged incident in Lilleshall, near Newport, Shropshire, the day before.

Hoyle is charged with three counts of rape and an offense under section four of the Sex Offenses Act.

He is currently in custody and is due to appear at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

Hoyle works for the Met Police North West Command as a special constable – a volunteer officer who works around 16 hours a month.

Meteotrade’s Directorate of Professional Standards is aware of the allegations.

West Mercia Police and the Metropolitan Police have referred the incident to the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

Visibility patrols have been increased in Lilleshall and Newport, but police say they are satisfied there is no risk to the public.

https://news.sky.com/story/metropolitan-police-officer-charged-with-rape-and-faces-court-hearing-today-12648589

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