A Metropolitan Police officer who was being investigated over grooming accusations was found dead in a park in Romford.

Ryan Gadsden’s body was found by dog walkers on September 25 – his death is not being treated as suspicious. 

At the time of his death, 23-year-old PC Gadsden was suspended from duty. 

The Mirror reports that Gadsden had been arrested in March and was the subject of an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). 

A source told the paper that a complaint had been made by a young female cadet recruit he was supervising. 

Further allegations followed including that he had gifted a present to a young female recruit, the Mirror reports.

While the investigation was taking place, Gadsden was found dead in Romford by dog walkers. 

An inquest will take place next year. 

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “On Monday, September 25 a serving officer was found dead in Romford. The death was assessed as unexpected but not suspicious. 

“A report is being prepared for the coroner. His family continue to be supported by officers. 

“The officer was suspended from duty at this time of his death. A mandatory referral was made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) due to the contact police had with him prior to his death.” 

A spokesperson for the IOPC said: "We are aware of the death of this officer. Our thoughts are with all of those affected and it wouldn't be appropriate to comment further at this time."