A special constable serving with the Metropolitan Police has been suspended after being arrested and charged with rape. The 40-year-old officer is due to appear in court today.
40-year-old Paul Hoile was arrested on 6 July in Benfleet, Essex, in connection with an alleged incident that took place the day before in Lilleshall near Newport, Shropshire. Hoile has been charged with three counts of rape and an offence under section four of the Sexual Offences Act.
The suspected rapist is currently being held in police custody and is set to appear before Kidderminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday.
Hoile operates as a special constable at the Met Police's North West Command Unit - a volunteer officer who only works approximately 16 hours per month.
The Met's Directorate of Professional Standards has confirmed it is aware of the charges against Hoile. Authorities have said that locals will see an increase in police presence across Lilleshall and Newport, however, police have confirmed that they are satisfied there is no risk to the public.