The Metropolitan Police have dropped an investigation into claims of sex crimes by Prince Andrew which was prompted by Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.

Ms Giuffre, 38, is suing the Duke of York in the US for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager, however he has denied Ms Giuffre's allegations.

She claims that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew in London in 2001 after being trafficked to the UK by the duke's former friend Jeffrey Epstein while she was 17 years old at the time - a minor under US law.

The Metropolitan Police say reviews into the alleged offences have now been “concluded”.

The Met also confirmed it had completed its review into allegations reported in June by broadcaster Channel 4 News that British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's former girlfriend, trafficked, groomed and abused women and girls in the UK.

On Sunday, the force said in a statement: "As a matter of procedure, MPS officers reviewed a document released in August 2021 as part of a US civil action. This review has concluded and we are taking no further action." 

The Met added that it will continue to liaise with other law enforcement agencies who are leading the investigation into matters associated with Epstein.