Mr Carrick remains in custody and is scheduled to appear via video link at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Dame Cressida said: “I am deeply concerned to hear the news that an officer from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command has been arrested and now charged with this serious offence.

“I fully recognise the public will be very concerned too.

“Criminal proceedings must now take

their course so I am unable to comment any further at this stage.”