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Met inspector fired after ‘buying drugs and going to parties where they were openly taken’

DI Warren Arter has been dismissed without notice from the Met after being found guilty of gross misconduct  (PA Archive)
DI Warren Arter has been dismissed without notice from the Met after being found guilty of gross misconduct (PA Archive)

A detective inspector has been fired from the Met Police after allegedly buying drugs and attending parties where they were being openly taken.

DI Warren Arter appeared at a tribunal hearing this week, accused of misconduct carried out while off-duty between 2016 and October 2018.

The panel this week heard evidence he had “attended gatherings where drugs were present and were openly being taken”, and that he had failed to take action or report a man who he knew was providing a woman with drugs in exchange for sex.

He was also accused of buying drugs and offering to provide them to a third party.

DI Arter was on Wednesday found guilty of gross misconduct by the Met panel, and was dismissed from the force without notice.

Chief Superintendent Trevor Lawry, BCU Commander for the Met’s South East Command at which Arter worked, said: “Police officers are rightly held to a higher standard and DI Arter is not representative of that level of professionalism.

“Being a warranted officer is a privilege, one that DI Arter has abused. Police officers are duty bound to report wrong doing and protect the vulnerable – he has failed to do either.

“It is right that he has been held to account for his actions and will now no longer be a police officer.”Arter will now be added to the Barred List held by the College of Policing. Those appearing on the list cannot be employed by police, local policing bodies (PCCs), the Independent Office for Police Conduct or Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.”

DI Arter is the latest in a number of police officers to be dismissed from the Met Police following a crackdown on officer misconduct and corruption.

It comes after a string of scandals have hit the force, including the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard by serving Met officer Wayne Couzens, followed by the revelation the force missed earlier opportunities to investigate previous allegations against him.

Scotland Yard was plunged into fresh crisis this year when PC David Carrick admitted a horrific campaign of rape and abuse against women throughout his policing career. It emerged a string of opportunities to reveal his true character were also missed by the Met.

Anyone with any information about a police officer or member of staff who works for the Met and is corrupt, abusing their position and power, can call the Anti-Corruption and Abuse Hotline, run by Independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 085 0000 or complete the online form at