Met police rape victim Lauren Taylor says ‘it is appalling’ the force didn’t stop officer Alan Provan serving despite ‘allegations for years’ he was a sex offender

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Met police rape victim Lauren Taylor says ‘it is appalling’ the force didn’t stop officer Alan Provan serving despite ‘allegations for years’ he was a sex offender

A woman raped by a Met Police officer asked today how it was possible he had been still allowed to serve with the force - despite allegations being ma

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A woman raped by a Met Police officer asked today how it was possible he had been still allowed to serve with the force – despite allegations being made to it as long as 18 years ago.

Lauren Taylor, who waived her right to anonymity, was just 16 when then-police constable Adam Provan, now 44, invited her on a cinema date in 2010, but instead raped her in woods and a children’s playground.

Her battle for justice saw her give evidence three times after a hung jury and a later conviction being quashed. Predator Provan was finally jailed for 16 years with a further eight on extended licence at Wood Green Crown Court

Provan was convicted of two counts of rape of Ms Taylor and a further six counts of rape against another woman, who was also a police officer, but troubling details of potential Met mistakes came out during the trial.

And speaking to Good Morning Britain this morning, Ms Taylor said she could not understand how he was not caught sooner.

She said: ‘As a victim of crime you don’t get to know what else has happened so to find out there had been allegations for years and they hadn’t looked into this person even internally, rather than an investigation, looked into him as a police officer and thought is he safe to be on the streets? It’s appalling and they really need to change the way they look at these people.

Met Police rapist Adam Provan, now 44, invited Ms Taylor on a cinema date in 2010, but instead attacked her in woods and a children's playground

Met Police rapist Adam Provan, now 44, invited Ms Taylor on a cinema date in 2010, but instead attacked her in woods and a children's playground

Met Police rapist Adam Provan, now 44, invited Ms Taylor on a cinema date in 2010, but instead attacked her in woods and a children’s playground

‘I have had unthinkable things happen during these seven years with the conviction being quashed and having to keep going and I think that’s going to really relate to people and hopefully help people share their story.

‘I can’t change what happened to me but I might be able to change how someone else comes forward or someone does something about what happened to them. That’s why I’m here today.’

Provan, of Newmarket, Suffolk, was convicted of six counts of rape of the police officer between 2003 and 2005, and two counts of rape of Ms Taylor in 2010.

But the Met is carrying out an in-depth investigation after it emerged the first victim had flagged him to the force in 2005 but not taken seriously.

It meant she did not feel confident to report he had raped her six times and he was allowed to carry on serving and attack Ms Taylor.

Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe said this week: ‘I am sure the public will be as shocked and revolted at Provan’s offences as we are here in the Met.

‘He abused his position as a police officer to win the trust of both these women. His actions are utterly deplorable.

‘We are examining Provan’s criminal and conduct history in the Met so we can fully understand whether we could have acted sooner to bring him before the courts, or have stopped him joining the police.

Ms Taylor asked today how it was possible he had been still allowed to serve with the force - despite allegations being made to it as long as 18 years ago.

Ms Taylor asked today how it was possible he had been still allowed to serve with the force - despite allegations being made to it as long as 18 years ago.

Ms Taylor asked today how it was possible he had been still allowed to serve with the force – despite allegations being made to it as long as 18 years ago.

Lauren Taylor, who has waived her right to anonymity, at New Scotland Yard, central London

Lauren Taylor, who has waived her right to anonymity, at New Scotland Yard, central London

Lauren Taylor, who has waived her right to anonymity, at New Scotland Yard, central London

Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe said the force was looking into Provan's police history

Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe said the force was looking into Provan's police history

Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe said the force was looking into Provan’s police history

‘This work is ongoing but we can already see there were key moments where we let women down and did not do all we could to support them. We have told the Independent Office for Police Conduct we are carrying out a review and advised them that we will make appropriate referrals.

‘We heard in evidence that when one victim, a serving Met officer, reported allegations against Provan in 2005 these were not taken seriously. She therefore did not have the confidence to report she had been raped by him.’

It took a year for Ms Taylor to tell anyone what had happened to her, and many more years before she went to police to report him. She said she felt compelled to act after becoming a mother at the age of 22 and watching a television documentary about the late Jimmy Savile.

She added: You know, your truth is your power. That’s all I needed to keep telling myself, that I know the truth.

‘It doesn’t matter what anything else tried to do to break me. I doesn’t matter what he says, it doesn’t matter what anyone in that courtroom says, I know exactly what he did to me.

‘As much as that whole experience was terrifying, it was relentless, I was scared to death, I just looked the jury in the eyes and I told them my truth and I felt that I connected with the jury because they could relate to me I was just a person that has been through an horrific experience.’

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