Hundreds of police face sack as part of clean-up - UK top officer

By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - Hundreds of officers in London are likely be sacked for sexual and domestic abuse offences, Britain's most senior policeman said on

Tuesday as he sought to regain public trust after an officer admitted being a serial rapist. London's Metropolitan Police ("the Met"), which has been rocked by scandals in

recent years, was plunged into further crisis after David Carrick, 48, admitted carrying out 24 counts of rape over almost two decades while serving as a police officer while his

colleagues missed chances to stop him. The case follows a series of revelations of serious wrongdoing at the force, Britain's biggest with more than 43,000 officers and

staff and responsibility for leading the country's response to terrorism and issues such as extradition. London Commissioner Mark Rowley, brought in four months ago to lead

the clean-up, said investigations were underway into about 800 officers over 1,000 sexual and domestic abuse claims. Many jobs will be lost as part of the process, he said.

"I've got tens of thousands of fantastic men and women, but I've got hundreds who shouldn't be here. I'm going to sort it out," Rowley told the BBC on Tuesday.

"We're systematically reviewing every member of police staff and police officer who we have any historic flags against, for being involved in incidents involving domestic

abuse or sexual violence." CORRUPTION, RACISM AND MISOGYNY Public confidence in the Met has been hit by revelations of its culture of corruption, racism and misogyny.