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Overview

Simon Harding retired from 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's (CID) in operational command units overseeing local crime in several boroughs of south London. More recently he was a Detective Chief Inspector in the counter terrorism 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

 

2021 – Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) for the London and Kent crime scenes during the initial investigation into Wayne Couzens who raped and killed Sarah Everard after kidnapping her from a street in London. The SIO in charge of overseeing the entire investigation was Kat Goodwin.

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

 

2019 – SIO for the conviction of Zahid Younis for the murders of Henriett Szucs and Mihrican Mustafa whose bodies were kept in a freezer in Canning Town for 2 ½ and 1 year respectively.

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

2018 – SIO for the 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 in Croydon. 

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

2018 – SIO for the conviction of Stephen O’Rourke for the murder of Rocky Djelal who believed Rocky was responsible for their younger brother’s death 18 years before.

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

2017 – SIO for the identification of Nathaniel Henry (death by suicide) as the murderer of father and daughter Noel and Marie Brown. Both had been strangled and Noel Brown had been partially dismembered. 

2017 – SIO for the 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 SIO for the terrorist attack on the Bardo Museum, Tunisia. Gave assistance to the Tunisian authorities in the presentation of the case. 

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