The Metropolitan Police has arrested a 49-year old man on suspicion of murder following the death of one of the force’s former crime prevention design advisers
Police found human remains at the Peabody Estate on Southwark Street, London after they were called to the block yesterday (7 April).
The arrest follows the disappearance on 1 April of PC Gordon Semple, who was last seen following a meeting at the Shard near London Bridge. He was reported missing by his partner when he failed to return home after work to Greenhithe in Kent.
Met commander Alison Newcomb said today: ‘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.’
Semple, aged 59, was based at Westminster City Council’s office in the anti-social behaviour unit.
He left his previous role as a crime prevention design adviser in 2008, according to Met sources.
The Metropolitan Police currently employs around 30 Crime Prevention Design Advisors (CPDAs), providing design, layout and physical security advice at the design stage of new developments. Commander Newcomb said: ’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.’
A Westminster City Council spokesman said: ‘We are very saddened to hear of Gordon’s death and our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.’