'Jekyll and Hyde' ex-Met Police officer who raped 16-year-old girl and female colleague jailed

Adam Provan

Adam Provan has been jailed for 16 years in prison

Mark White

By Mark White

Published: 22/08/2023

- 17:10

Updated: 22/08/2023

- 17:11

Former PC Adam Provan has been jailed for 16 years in prison

A "Jekyll and Hyde" former Metropolitan police officer has been sentenced to 16 in prison for raping two women.

One of the women, Lauren Taylor, was just 16 when she was raped twice by former PC Adam Provan in 2010.

Taylor has waived her anonymity to speak publicly about her ordeal, accusing her attacker of abusing his position of trust and showing a "lack of remorse."

The second woman, a serving Metropolitan police officer, was raped six times by her former colleague between 2003 and 2005.

A New Scotland Yard sign outside the Curtis Green building on Victoria Embankment in London

A serving Metropolitan police officer was raped six times by her former colleague between 2003 and 2005


Prosecutors said the former officer had a wider history of predatory and inappropriate behaviour towards young women in particular.

Lauren Taylor was 16 when she met PC Provan for a blind date in East London.

The officer, who was in his 30s at the time, had lied and said he was 22.

The teenager was raped twice, once in woods, and in a play park.

Speaking out about the trauma she suffered, Taylor said: "I'm angry at what he done to me. I'm angry about who he was. You know, he was a police officer and we go to them to be protected. And I wasn't protected. And I can only blame him for that, you know, he done this to me, no one else.

"And I'm angry for the lack of remorse that he's shown throughout this whole process.

"I've been to court three times. You know, he still fully denies what he's done."

Taylor said she was afraid to tell anyone at first, for fear she would not be believed.

She eventually came forward in 2016, but the first criminal trial failed to reach a verdict.

At a retrial in 2018, PC Provan was found guilty of raping the teenager and sentenced to 9 years in prison.

He was sacked from the Metropolitan police the following year.
He served three years and three months in prison before he successfully appealed against his conviction and his case was sent for a third trial.

At that trial in May, six new counts of rape were added, relating to earlier offences against the serving Metropolitan Police officer.

Prosecutor Anthony Metzer KC said Provan had abused his position as an officer to gain young women’s trust and had “aspects of a Jekyll and Hyde character”.

He said Provan had “an extended history of allegations” of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1990s, including “stalkerish behaviour”.

The former officer had 751 female contacts in his mobile phone, indicating a possible “fascination bordering on the obsessive” with young women, Judge Noel Lucas KC said.

Lauren Taylor said that, despite three separate trials, there was no question of her pulling out of the process.

"I was always going to fight so hard for my justice and I think more because of who he was, being a Metropolitan Police officer, you know, he misused his job and treated people like terribly... so I feel like I had to do everything I could to get him back in prison.

"I had that justice and it went and now I've got it back and for that I'm obviously so thankful for that, but I'm also really angry for having to redo that again."

The conviction of another police officer for serious sexual offences, is a hammer-blow for the Metropolitan police service, which has already had to deal with the fallout from other high-profile cases.

PC Wayne Couzens is serving a whole life sentence for the abduction, rape and murder of Sarah Everard in 2021.

In February another Met officer, PC David Carrick was jailed for more than 80 separate offences against multiple women.

During the sentencing of PC Adam Provan, Wood Green Crown court was told that the fellow officer he had raped had made allegations of harassment back in 2005.

In his sentencing remarks, Judge Lukas said he found it it troubling that "colleagues seemed more concerned with looking after one of their own" than listening to those initial complaints.

In 2005, another officer complained of unwelcome and nuisance text messages from Provan.

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