Following the developments in the search for missing police officer PC Gordon Semple, Commander Alison Newcomb made the following statement this morning (8 April):
“A man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in our custody and is being questioned by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command. They have been leading our search to find missing PC Gordon Semple.
“This is obviously a significant development and we have informed Gordon’s family and his colleagues.
“Gordon was reported missing on 1 April and we have been working hard to find him.
“Yesterday afternoon we were called by a member of the public to an address on the Peabody Estate in Southwark Street, SE1.
“At that address a man was arrested and human remains were discovered. Due to the condition of those human remains it will take some time for cause of death to be established and for formal identification to take place.
“At this point I do not wish to speculate on what has happened.
“Yesterday, a forensic search started at the address and is ongoing. It will take some time for us to complete that work. It is a vital search for evidence. I would like to thank the local residents for their patience and support.
“Local officers are out on patrol to talk to residents and reassure them.
“If there is anyone who can help us with our investigation I would ask you to get in touch with us and tell us what you know.
“My thoughts are with Gordon’s family and friends at this time of personal tragedy. I would ask that they are given the space and privacy they need to come to terms with this development.
“This is a very sad day for Gordon’s colleagues. There are many officers who have served London alongside Gordon during his 30 year career who will acutely feel his loss.”