Serving Met police officer charged with rape

A serving Metropolitan Police officer has appeared in court charged with rape.

PC Adam Zaman, 28, is accused of raping a woman at the Andaz Hotel in Liverpool Street, central London, on Sunday.He was arrested the following day after a complaint to police.

Prosecutor Jonathan Bryan told Westminster Magistrates' Court the defendant was not on duty at the time of the alleged offence.

Mr Zaman, who denies the allegation, has been suspended from his post.

In a statement, the Met said: “The Met’s directorate of professional standards has been informed and PC Zaman has been suspended. The matter has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”

Zaman is based in the east area command unit, covering the east of London. He was charged on Wednesday after an investigation by the City of London police.

The court heard he had served with the Metropolitan Police since 2016.

The news that a serving Met officer has been charged with rape comes weeks after the country's largest force tries to improve the level of confidence women have in it after the murder of Sarah Everard.

District Judge Snow told Mr Zaman he would be remanded in custody until his next appearance at Central Criminal Court on 24 November.