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Inquiry launched into police hunt for rapist dubbed Night Stalker

PUBLISHED: 13:32 25 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:38 25 August 2010

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched into police handling of the Night Stalker case The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has opened an inquiry into Operation Minstead, the Metropolitan Police s £10million serial rape investigation. Launched

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched into police handling of the Night Stalker case

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has opened an inquiry into Operation Minstead, the Metropolitan Police's £10million serial rape investigation.

Launched in 1998, the operation was set up to find a serial sex attacker, dubbed the Night Stalker, who attacked elderly women and men in their homes in Bexley, Bromley and parts of south-east London. It was the largest ever police hunt for a sexual offender. An IPCC spokesperson said: "Following a referral from the Metropolitan Police Service regarding Operation Minstead, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has begun an independent investigation. We will not be commenting further until the conclusion of the ongoing criminal proceedings."

Attacks were carried out at addresses in Surrey, Beckenham, Orpington, West Wickham, Bickley, Downham, Shirley, Shortlands and Sidcup.

Delroy Grant, 52, of Brockley Mews, Brockley, was arrested in November. He was charged with five rapes, six indecent assaults and 11 burglaries between 1992 and last year.

Grant has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Inner London Crown Court on April 30.


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