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PC Gordon Semple from the Metropolitan Police was reported missing a week ago after a meeting when he failed to return home in Dartford. Police were called  to a flat in Southwark after a foul smell was reported by an other resident. In the flat police found what are described as human remains and a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held whilst investigations are continuing

 

PC Semple had served for 30 years and had been described as an 'old world policeman'.

 

A sad day.

 

 

 

 

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Human remains found in a flat are those of a police officer reported missing a week ago, his family has said.

Met PC Gordon Semple, 59, was last seen on 1 April after leaving a meeting in Southwark, south-east London.

On Thursday police found the remains at a flat on the Peabody Estate in Southwark Street. A man, 49, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

 

In a statement, Mr Semple's partner Gary Meeks and brother Ronnie said "our world will be worse without him".

 

The Met said it was a "very sad day" and PC Semple's colleagues would "acutely feel his loss".

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Met Police Gordon Semple became a police officer 30 years ago

Heather Brown, a resident on the Peabody Estate where the remains were found, said a neighbour and his brother had confronted a man in block E about a "terrible smell" seeping out of the flat, despite scented candles being placed at the front door.

The 55-year-old said: "They just smelled this horrible smell, really.

 

"The candles had been outside for a few days".

 

When they knocked on the door to challenge him, the owner claimed he was "just cooking", Mrs Brown said.

 

Police are believed to have sealed off the rubbish chutes on the estate.

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A "horrible smell" was detected by residents of the Peabody Estate

In a statement, Mr Semple's brother Ronnie said: "On behalf of Gordon's partner Gary, my wife Maureen, Gordon's nephew Paul, niece Kerry and I, I would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts during the past dreadful week.

"It has been a terrible time for us all, especially Gary... Gordon was a much loved partner, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and cousin and our world will be a worse place without him."

The officer left his home in Greenhithe, Dartford, last Friday and was last seen in London Bridge area following a work meeting at the Shard's Shangri-La Hotel, which he left at about 12:30 BST.

He was seen two-and-half hours later on CCTV in Great Guildford Street, Southwark.

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Met Police CCTV still of PC Gordon Semple on 1 April

Originally from Inverness, he had worked for Bank of Scotland before becoming a police officer 30 years ago.
His LinkedIn profile describes his most recent Met role from November 2012 as a business crime reduction adviser, and among his other listed skills are private investigations as well as security management.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-35996366

 

 

R.I.P

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Should we be shocked. We preach the dangers of various Web sites. There have to be serious questions over judgement.

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Should we be shocked. We preach the dangers of various Web sites. There have to be serious questions over judgement.

There are thousands of dating sites. Doesn't matter whether it's a gay site or a heterosexual site, or both. No one goes on expecting to meet a murderer and the huge majority do not. Also, the murderer is a social worker, you would have thought someone with his clearance would be thought to be a safer bet than most. This isn't about why or how they were together, it's about the actions of a murderous individual.

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There are thousands of dating sites. Doesn't matter whether it's a gay site or a heterosexual site, or both. No one goes on expecting to meet a murderer and the huge majority do not. Also, the murderer is a social worker, you would have thought someone with his clearance would be thought to be a safer bet than most. This isn't about why or how they were together, it's about the actions of a murderous individual.

 

Let's just say I disagree.

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