A former Met Police special constable from Sidcup has been jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to child sex offences.

David Rodley, 30, who worked in Greenwich, admitted to engaging in sexual activity with a child, grooming and having "sexual communication" with a child.

His three victims were aged 14 and 15 and his offences were all between August and November 2017.

Rodley, of Ashcroft Avenue in Sidcup, was sentenced to nine years in prison with an extended license period of five years at Oxford Crown Court.

He also pleaded guilty to attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act and attempting to permit indecent images of a child to be taken, as well as perverting the course of justice, assault with intent to resist arrest, possessing a bladed article and possessing MDMA, cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin.

When he was arrested in November, Rodley was a special constable with the Met Police.

Detective Iinspector Mike Hall, leading the investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, said: “While these crimes were not linked to Rodley’s role as a special constable in any way, his actions were an utter contradiction of someone whose role is to protect and serve the public.

"These offences will understandably have a far-reaching impact on the victims.

“Our priority is to protect children from sexual exploitation from those who seek to do them harm.

"Today’s sentence reflects the seriousness of the offences David Rodley committed.