A serving Metropolitan Police officer from Hertfordshire has been charged with rape, stalking and controlling behaviour.

Jake Cummings, from Hemel Hempstead, appeared at Hatfield Remand Court on Friday, February 23, accused of several incidents against one woman in Hertfordshire, including in Stevenage.

The 23-year-old officer was charged with one count of rape, two counts of stalking and two counts of controlling and coercive behaviour.

Cummings was remanded in custody to appear at St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday, March 26, and has been suspended from policing duties with immediate effect pending an internal investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Macbeth, of Hertfordshire’s Sexual Offences Investigation Team, said: “I am grateful for the level of bravery that this woman has displayed by coming forward to report the incidents.

“Anyone wishing to report a rape or sexual assault will always be treated sensitively and with respect by us. We recognise how difficult it must be but please be assured we have specially trained officers who can help you every step of the way.”

People in Hertfordshire who have experienced sexual abuse or sexual violence can contact the Herts Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for face-to-face support, sexual health referrals, and forensic medical examinations.

The centre is open to everyone regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred.