A police officer accused of a string of sex attacks on women has been charged with a further three rapes against a 12th alleged victim.

David Carrick, 47, already faced 41 charges including rape, sexual assault as well as coercive and controlling behaviour against 11 victims.

Today (May 9) he was charged with an additional three offences - taking the tally to 44 charges against 12 alleged victims.

Carrick, who has guarded the Prime Minister, was originally charged last October with the rape of a woman he was said to have messaged on dating app Tinder before meeting her in person at a pub in St Albans.

Watford Observer: A court sketch of David Carrick in court on February 17. Credit: PAA court sketch of David Carrick in court on February 17. Credit: PA

He was charged with a further 13 offences in November after three more alleged victims came forward.

In March nine further offences, including six counts of rape relating to four women alleged to have taken place between 2009 and 2018, were added.

The full charge sheet now includes 16 counts of rape, five counts of sexual assault and three counts of assault by penetration.

He also faces three counts of coercive and controlling behaviour, two counts of false imprisonment, one count of attempted rape, one count of attempted sexual assault by penetration and one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.

PC Carrick, of Stevenage, was immediately suspended by the force after he was initially arrested in October by Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Watford Observer: David Carrick. Credit: FacebookDavid Carrick. Credit: Facebook

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Carrick will appear via video link at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later this week over the latest charges.

He has previously pleaded not guilty to all the other alleged offences during hearings at Woolwich Crown Court and St Albans Crown Court.

The Met said that referrals were made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct as the investigation has progressed.

A spokesperson said: “We recognise that these are extremely serious and concerning allegations.”

They added: "The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards continues to monitor developments closely and will provide whatever support it can to Hertfordshire officers.  

"National regulations dictate that any misconduct proceedings must await the outcome of the criminal case."