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he mother of the first victim of Stephen Port has said history could repeat itself amid the “shambles” in the Metropolitan Police.

Anthony Walgate, 23, who left Hull to study fashion in London, was fatally drugged in the serial killer’s flat in June 2014 after they met online.

Police refused to treat his death as suspicious, despite his mother Sarah Sak’s concerns, and three more young gay men were killed before the deaths were linked.

In 2016, Port was jailed at the Old Bailey for life for the four murders.

Sarah Sak, second right, arriving at Barking Town Hall, London, for the inquests into the deaths of the victims of Stephen Port (Emily Pennink/PA) / PA Wire

In December, an inquest jury concluded that a string of failings by police probably contributed to three of the deaths.

The murders came to increased prominence in the BBC’s drama Four Lives, in which Ms Sak, an Asda facilities manager, was played by Sheridan Smith.

The case was one of a series of scandals that led to the resignation last week of Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick.

Ms Sak has now published a book on her long fight for justice, entitled A Life Stolen: The Tragic True Story Of My Son’s Murder.

In an interview with the PA news agency, she said: “At the moment I think history could repeat itself because the Metropolitan Police is a shambles.

“And it’s such a shame for the dedicated professional officers that work for them.

“It must be soul destroying to try and go in and do a fantastic job every day and put your heart and soul into it and you’ve got all these other officers – they must know some of them – that could not care less.”

Ms Sak said of the resignation of Dame Cressida, Britain’s most senior police officer, that it was “about time”.

Dame Cressida Dick (Jonathan Brady/PA) / PA Wire

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