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Simon Harding


Simon Harding left the London Metropolitan Police Service in July 2021 after a highly distinguished 30-year career. During this time, he worked in a number of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) operational command units overseeing local crime in several boroughs of south London. More recently he was a Detective Chief Inspector in the counterterrorism command and in the Homicide, Specialist Crime command. In 2020 he was recognised as Senior Investigating Officer of the Year by the National Police Chiefs Council for his leadership in the investigation of some of the United Kingdom’s most high-profile crimes. 


The cases that Simon has overseen include:

Homicide


2020 – Senior investigating officer mentor for the investigation into Wayne Couzens who raped and killed Sarah Everard after kidnapping her from a street in London.


2020 – Conviction of Danyal Hussein for the double murder of sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry in Fryent Country Park who were killed as part of a satanic pact Hussein had made to become rich. 


2019 – Conviction of Zahid Younis for the murder of Henriett Szucz and Mihrican Mustafa whose bodies were kept in a freezer.


2019 – Conviction of Kirill Belorusov for the murder of Laureline Garcia-Bertaux who was found buried in a shallow grave in her garden.


2018 – Conviction of Stephen Waterson and Adrian Hoare for the manslaughter of three-year-old Alfie Lamb who was crushed to death using an electric car seat. 


2018 – Conviction of Wojciech Tadewicz for the murder of Sandra Zmijan who was bludgeoned to death by a hammer in a fit of jealousy.


2018 – Identification of Stephen O’Rourke (death by suicide) and Jason O’Rourke (death by suicide) for the murder of Rocky Djelal who the brothers believed was responsible for their younger brother’s death 18 years before.


2018 – Conviction of Daniel Grogan and other members of his family for the murder of 18-year-old Jay Sewell in a ‘jealousy’ attack


2017 – Identification of Nathaniel Henry (death by suicide) as the murderer of father and daughter Noel and Marie Brown. Noel Brown had been dismembered. 


2017 – Conviction of Robert Peters for the murder of his seven-year-old daughter, Sophia Peters, who he had strangled in their home with a dressing gown cord.
 

Terrorism


2018 – Prevention of terrorist attack by first all-female terrorist cell to be identified in the UK. Conviction of Safaa Boular, Rizlaine Boular, Mina Dich and Khawla Barghouthi for terrorist offences. 


2017 – Conviction of Haroon Syed for terrorist offences including the planned bombing of a central location in London.


2015 – UK Counter Terrorism Senior Investigating Officer on the terrorist attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunisia.
 

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