Sarah Everard: ‘Murder suspect’ Met officer found via CCTV from bus camera

MailOnline has pieced together Sarah's final movements as it was claimed that Couzens was working at the US Embassy on the day she vanished

The disappearance of Sarah Everard: the week-long investigation to this point

March 3: Sarah vanished ‘into skinny air’ after leaving pal’s residence Clapham round 9pm. She leaves out of her pal’s again gate and speaks to her boyfriend on the cellphone for quarter-hour.

Around three miles away Wayne Couzens finishes a 6-hour shift guarding the US Embassy in Battersea. 

March 5: Sarah’s household share lacking posters of her after they turn into more and more involved that she continues to be not residence, spreading the phrase online with hyperlinks to the Missing People charity.

March 6: Met Police launch an enchantment, saying Sarah was thought to have walked by means of Clapham Common, heading in the direction of Brixton residence, a journey of fifty minutes. They say they don’t seem to be sure she ever arrived residence.

March 7: Police launch footage of Ms Everard and say she was strolling alone on A205 Poynders Road in the direction of Tulse Hill when she was final seen on CCTV, which has not been launched to the police.

March 8: Specialist officers are drafted and 120 calls from public are available in. A door-to-door operation sees police converse to 750 households

March 9: Police search gardens close to Ms Everard’s route and close by Oaklands Estate.

Officers additionally search a pond in Clapham Common and drains alongside the A205 

Cordon across the Poynders Court housing complicated on Poynders Road, forensics officers on scene 

11.59pm: Met police officer Wayne Couzens arrested in Kent on suspicion of kidnap. A 39-year-old lady on the identical handle is arrested on suspicion of helping an offender.

Neighbours say they noticed a Land Rover containing two males watching the property for 2 hours earlier than round 20 officers raided the home.

 A shirtless Couzens was led from the home in handcuffs with one witness saying: ‘He regarded very calm – simply walked out’.

March 10: Specialist police search workforce arrives in Kent. They search Couzens’ residence and backyard in addition to close by Betteshanger Park which is round two-and-a-half- miles from the home in addition to an deserted leisure complicated in Great Chart close to Ashford.

3pm: Met Police affirm the arrested man is an officer within the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command. They disclose he has now been re-arrested on suspicion of the homicide of Sarah Everard and the indecent publicity of a second lady. They refuse to say when or the place the alleged indecent publicity came about.

8pm: Dame Cressida Dick confirms human stays had been found in woodland in Ashford, Kent within the seek for Sarah.  She was unable to verify whether or not the stays belonged to the lacking lady. 

March 11:  10am: Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned he was ‘shocked and deeply saddened by the developments within the Sarah Everard investigation’, including ‘we should work quick to seek out all of the solutions to this horrifying crime’.

Home Secretary Priti Patel added: ‘Every lady ought to really feel secure to stroll on our streets with out concern of harassment or violence. At this deeply unhappy and tragic time as we predict and pray for Sarah and her household’. 

It is claimed Couzens was working on the American Embassy in Battersea on the day Miss Everard was taken. 

Police arrested one in every of their very own officers over the homicide of Sarah Everard after a breakthrough from CCTV on a passing London bus as detectives additionally probe whether or not the suspect used his warrant card to lure her into his automobile after leaving work guarding the close by US Embassy, it emerged at this time. 

Scotland Yard are additionally mentioned to be investigating whether or not Wayne Couzens used the present Covid-19 lockdown guidelines to cease the lacking lady as she walked residence to Brixton from her pal’s residence in Clapham, south-west London on the night of March 3. 

Met Commissioner Cressida Dick revealed final night time that human stays had been found within the week-long seek for Miss Everard in woodland close to Ashford, however in additional heartbreak for her household she mentioned identification could take ‘appreciable time’ – a powerful trace that the physique found is in a really poor state.

Police have ramped up their operation on the rural crime scene this afternoon, establishing a cellular headquarters and sending in a diving unit in addition to extra officers in a number of riot vans.

Forensic officers had been seen getting into the woods 

MailOnline believes that the woods the place the stays had been found had been identified to him as a result of Couzens’ Ukrainian spouse and their two kids had visited for walks.   

It got here as Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned he was ‘shocked and deeply saddened by the developments within the Sarah Everard investigation’, including ‘we should work quick to seek out all of the solutions to this horrifying crime’.

Home Secretary Priti Patel added: ‘Every lady ought to really feel secure to stroll on our streets with out concern of harassment or violence. At this deeply unhappy and tragic time as we predict and pray for Sarah and her household’. 

Couzens was arrested late on March 9 – six days after Miss Everard vanished ‘into skinny air’ – when greater than 20 officers raided his residence on the Kent coast. 

Police swooped over one thing they noticed on CCTV on a London bus that handed Sarah as she walked in the direction of Brixton, based on the Daily Telegraph. 

One supply informed MailOnline: ‘If they recognized his automobile from the bus, they’ll have been in a position to see him driving all the best way residence on London and Highways England’s community of cameras. If she was within the automobile, they’ll have footage of him along with her’. 

It was reported that neighbours seen a Land Rover parked near policeman Wayne Couzens’ home within the historic city of Deal, and thought it was being watched by two males inside at round 5pm on Tuesday night.

Around two hours later as much as two dozen officers hidden across the nook are mentioned to have sprinted into the property.

A shirtless Couzens was led from the home in handcuffs with one witness saying: ‘He regarded very calm – simply walked out’.

His Ukrainian spouse Elena, 38, works as a laboratory supervisor. She just isn’t on the couple’s residence at this time, which stays sealed off behind a steel wall at this time. 

They have been described by buddies as a ‘very doting couple’ with two kids who met online round 12 years in the past. 

Scotland Yard insisted yesterday that the suspect was not on obligation on the time of Sarah’s disappearance.

But it has been claimed at this time that Couzens, an armed diplomatic safety officer, labored a 2pm to 8pm shift guarding the US embassy near Battersea Power station – lower than three miles from the place Miss Everard was final seen at 9.30pm.  

The armed officer, who’s a part of the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection (PaDP) armed unit would have been picked up outdoors the embassy by a minibus and most probably taken to Charing Cross police station.

Once there, like all armed officers, he ought to have checked his firearm again into the armoury and headed to his locker to get modified.

He mustn’t have gone residence in full uniform. Instead, all officers are required to vary into their civilian garments.

The Sun quoted a police supply as saying: ‘The working speculation is that the suspect noticed Sarah on the road for the primary time and kidnapped her’.

It is known {that a} line of enquiry the police are investigating is whether or not the suspect could have used this warrant card to interact with the suspect below the pretext of Covid lockdown guidelines.

A supply informed The Times that detectives haven’t but found hyperlink between the suspect and his alleged sufferer.

Officers are wanting by means of telephones, computer systems and social media at this time. An insider mentioned: ‘So far there is no such thing as a proof [of a link]. You cannot be 100 per cent sure at this stage however to this point it’s a main line of inquiry that Sarah did not know whoever attacked her.’ 

Detectives looking for Sarah final night time found human stays in woodland in Kent – as officers continued to quiz a serving Metropolitan Police colleague on suspicion of her homicide. They stay on the scene close to Ashford this morning. 

The 33-year-old advertising government ‘vanished into skinny air’ after leaving a pal’s home in Clapham, south London at round 9pm on Wednesday, March 3.   

Wayne Couzens, a diplomatic safety officer based mostly on the Palace of Westminster, was arrested on Tuesday night time over the disappearance.

The father-of-two, 48, was yesterday being questioned over homicide, kidnap and a separate case of indecent publicity.

With the prime suspect nonetheless in custody, it additionally emerged at this time:

  • Couzens was working on the US Embassy simply three miles from the place Sarah vanished and knocked off work round 90 minutes earlier than she was final seen;
  • The police officer’s Ukrainian spouse Elena has not been seen since his arrest. Her mom says her son-in-law ‘could not have do something like this’;
  • Boris Johnson says he’s ‘shocked and deeply saddened by the developments within the Sarah Everard investigation’; Priti Patel says each lady ought to really feel secure to stroll on our streets with out concern of harassment or violence;
  • Green Party peer requires all males to face a 6pm curfew: Baroness Jenny Jones requires regulation change to bar males from leaving home in wake of Sarah Everard homicide and girls marketing campaign to ‘reclaim the streets’;
MailOnline has pieced together Sarah's final movements as it was claimed that Couzens was working at the US Embassy on the day she vanished

MailOnline has pieced collectively Sarah’s ultimate actions because it was claimed that Couzens was working on the US Embassy on the day she vanished

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick confirmed human remains have been found in the week-long search for 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard, hours after the force arrested one of its own officers, Wayne Couzens, on suspicion of murder

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick confirmed human stays have been found within the week-long seek for 33-year-old advertising government Sarah Everard

The force arrested one of its own officers, Wayne Couzens, on suspicion of murder, pictured left and right with his wife Elena

Wayne Couzens, 48, was being held by colleagues in the Metropolitan Police in connection with the investigation

The Met arrested one in every of its personal officers, Wayne Couzens, on suspicion of homicide, pictured left and proper together with his spouse Elena. CCTV from a bus that handed his alleged sufferer as she walked residence

Police have today expanded their presence at the site in Ashford where human remains were found last night, including a mobile HQ and a diving unit

Police have at this time expanded their presence on the website in Ashford the place human stays had been found final night time, together with a cellular HQ and a diving unit

Police search woodland in Ashford near Kent today where human remains were found. Officers say they are not yet able to say if the remains are Sarah Everard's

Police search woodland in Ashford close to Kent at this time the place human stays had been found. Officers say they don’t seem to be but in a position to say if the stays are Sarah Everard’s

Officers made the horrifying discovery at the disused Great Chart Golf & Leisure Country Club near Ashford

Officers made the horrifying discovery on the disused Great Chart Golf & Leisure Country Club close to Ashford

Couzens' home in Deal is surrounded with metal walls and is swarming with forensics officers

Couzens’ residence in Deal is surrounded with steel partitions and is swarming with forensics officers 

Police also searched the suspect's family's former garage in Dover, which is now disused and abandoned

Police additionally searched the suspect’s household’s former storage in Dover, which is now disused and deserted

Father-of-two was arrested after the top of his shift in Westminster 

By Sam Greenhill, Emine Sinmaz and Jim Norton for the Daily Mail

Armed policeman Wayne Couzens had solely simply completed a shift defending Westminster VIPs when he was arrested.

The married father-of-two is a member of the elite Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection squad – a job that entitles him to hold a firearm and a Metropolitan Police warrant card.

Yesterday family described their shock at his arrest, with one describing the 48-year-old officer as ‘a high-quality upstanding man’ and his mother-in-law declaring: ‘He couldn’t do something like this.’

A neighbour on the £200,000 three-bedroom home in Deal, Kent, that Mr Couzens shares together with his ‘chatty’ spouse and two younger kids mentioned: ‘They simply appeared like a standard, common household. There was nothing unusual about them in any respect.’

Mr Couzens’ armed police unit is accountable for the safety of presidency buildings and embassies, in addition to ministers and visiting heads of state. His unit generally guards occasions attended by senior royals.

His spouse is from a distant a part of Ukraine and studied biology at one of many nation’s main universities, in Donetsk, earlier than coming to the UK and dealing as a scientist. She labored at a Boots Opticians in Canterbury and is now the laboratory supervisor of a profitable science agency in Kent.

Last night time her mom Nina Sukhoreba, talking from her residence in Kirovograd, 300 miles south of the capital Kiev, mentioned: ‘He couldn’t do something like this. He is an excellent household man, an exquisite man. This simply sounds loopy to me.’

Since marrying her daughter in 2006, she mentioned Mr Couzens had been striving to study Ukrainian and had visited the nation yearly.

She mentioned previously few days, the couple had been getting their kids able to return to high school after the lockdown was lifted.

She mentioned: ‘I talked to my daughter simply yesterday and she or he did not inform me something. She mentioned Wayne was at work and every thing was high-quality. He is an excellent father. He came around with the youngsters and all of us walked to the river and he helped me at residence and within the backyard.’

Born in Dover in 1973, Mr Couzens didn’t be part of the police till later in life. He spent 20 years working at his household’s storage enterprise, BCB Dover, established in 1967.

The enterprise closed in 2015. By then each he and a brother had turn into policemen.

In between leaving the household agency and turning into a Met officer, Wayne Couzens did a spell within the territorial military and labored on the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the place he had firearms coaching, as a part of the workforce defending Dungeness nuclear energy station.

By 2008, he was a site visitors officer with Kent Police in Folkestone. It just isn’t identified which yr he switched to the Met.

He lived in prime flooring flat of a transformed interval property in Folkestone for round three years. Neighbours Kelvin and Belinda Neary recalled him as ‘very quiet’, however added he had as soon as rescued an aged tenant from her flat when a fireplace broke out.

His landlady Shannette Roy, 74, mentioned: ‘He had solely simply certified as a policeman and was working in Dover. He was a pleasant fellow. The solely factor I found unusual was when he mentioned he was going over to Ukraine to get his spouse and he introduced her again. She did not converse superb English.

Mrs Roy added: ‘He beloved being a police officer. He was simply regular, saved the place tidy and paid his lease on time.’

The Couzens household purchased their home in 2015. It has a trampoline within the again backyard, and their primary-aged son and daughter seem to have spent lockdown making amusing movies posted on YouTube about household life, together with how they ‘pranked mum and pa’.

Mrs Couzens proudly posted images on her public Facebook web page of the household’s vacation to Ukraine in 2017 and one other in 2019 to Dubai.

An uncle of Mr Couzens, Kevin Fowle, of Chatham, Kent, informed the Mail: ‘He’s by no means accomplished something untoward. He is a high-quality upstanding man.’

A cousin, Stefan Boyce, 29, mentioned he was shocked to listen to of his arrest, saying: ‘It’s fairly scary. I’ve heard a lot about him being within the police pressure and the way proud the household had been.’

A former neighbour mentioned it ‘was very uncommon’ for Mr Couzens to exit and drink with buddies and that he simply ‘appeared glad together with his youngsters’.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick confirmed on Wednesday that human stays had been found within the week-long seek for Miss Everard.

However, she was unable to verify whether or not the stays found in woodland in Ashford, Kent, had been these of the lacking lady, including identification could take ‘appreciable time.’

Dame Cressida mentioned: ‘As you might be conscious, a person has been arrested on suspicion of her homicide.

‘This night detectives and search groups investigating Sarah’s disappearance have very sadly found what we imagine at this stage to be human stays.’ 

Couzens was arrested for the kidnap of Miss Everard on Tuesday and later re-arrested on suspicion of her homicide.

Police additionally revealed they’re quizzing him on suspicion of indecent publicity in opposition to a second lady, unrelated to the lacking 33-year-old. They wouldn’t say when or the place the allegation associated to. 

A girl, 39, was arrested on the identical handle in Kent on suspicion of helping an offender. 

Describing the circumstances of Miss Everard’s abduction as ‘terrible and depraved’, Dame Cressida mentioned the arrest had ‘despatched waves of shock and anger’ by means of the general public and her pressure.   

She added: ‘The information at this time that it was a Metropolitan Police officer arrested on suspicion of Sarah’s homicide has despatched waves of shock and anger by means of the general public and thru the entire of the Met.

‘I converse on behalf of all my colleagues within the Met after I say we’re completely appalled at this dreadful information. Our job is to patrol the streets and to guard folks.

‘The investigation is giant, fast-paced and really decided. We have a whole lot of officers and employees who’ve been working across the clock.

‘Sarah’s disappearance in these terrible and depraved circumstances is each household’s worst nightmare.

‘I do know Londoners will need to know that it’s fortunately extremely uncommon for a girl to be kidnapped from our streets.

‘But I utterly perceive that regardless of this, girls in London and the broader public – notably these within the space the place Sarah went lacking – can be apprehensive and could be feeling scared.

‘You ought to anticipate to see continued excessive ranges of police patrols in that space in addition to very important investigative exercise.’

Officers had been yesterday looking out an deserted mini golf park and leisure centre surrounded by acres of woodland close to Ashford forward of the information that human stays had been found.

Detectives had beforehand been focusing their efforts on looking out grasses and ponds on Clapham Common – near Sarah’s final identified location on Poynders Road – however switched their consideration when groups travelled 80 miles to Kent to make the arrests. 

What we all know concerning the case to this point: 

  • Wayne Couzens mentioned to have completed work as armed officer 
  • Sarah went lacking after visiting a pal’s home and talking to her boyfriend Josh on the cellphone
  • Officers had been in a position to pinpoint her final identified place after scouring CCTV round Clapham Common
  • She went off the radar after being seen on Poynders Road, simply off the inexperienced, shortly after 9.30pm
  • Worried family and friends teamed as much as assist seek for clues on the widespread over the previous week
  • Flats on Poynders Road had been taped off and searched final night time by uniformed police and forensic groups
  • Just earlier than midnight they arrived at Wayne Couzen’s Deal residence and arrested him over the disappearance
  • He was arrested on suspicion of kidnap and a lady, 39, on suspicion of helping an offender
  • On Tuesday Couzens re-arrested on suspicion of murdering Sarah and indecent publicity to a different lady
  • Police have additionally been combing his home and varied wasteland areas close to to the place the married man lives
  • Last night time, Cressida Dick confirmed ‘human stays’ had been found in woodland in Ashford, Kent 

It is known detectives started to suspect father-of-two Couzens after a car linked to him, reportedly a rent automobile, was allegedly seen on one other motorist’s dashcam close to to the place Miss Everard vanished on March 3.  

The married police officer was by no means concerned within the search operation for Sarah and it’s thought he was detained at his residence in Deal, Kent, shortly after ending a reduction shift on the US Embassy in Nine Elms, south west London.

This is round three miles from the place Miss Everard was final seen at 9.30pm.   

A supply final night time claimed detectives imagine Couzens could have noticed Miss Everard on the road in Clapham and kidnapped her, utilizing his Metropolitan Police warrant card to influence her to stroll in the direction of his car. 

The actions of Couzens’ automobile had been allegedly tracked by Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras.   

Priti Patel says ‘each lady ought to really feel secure to stroll on our streets’ as many share harrowing private tales with #saraheverard and #TooManyMales hashtags and Reclaim These Streets marches are introduced 

Priti Patel has said that 'every woman should feel safe to walk on our streets' as dozens share their harrowing personal stories with #saraheverard and #TooManyMen as Reclaim These Streets marches are announced

Priti Patel has mentioned that ‘each lady ought to really feel secure to stroll on our streets’ as dozens share their harrowing private tales with #saraheverard and #TooManyMales as Reclaim These Streets marches are introduced

Priti Patel has mentioned that ‘each lady ought to really feel secure to stroll on our streets’ as dozens shared their harrowing private tales with #saraheverard and #TooManyMales as Reclaim These Streets marches had been introduced.

The Home Secretary issued a press release earlier at this time following the disappearance of selling supervisor Sarah Everard, 33, who went lacking on a busy street in Clapham, south London, as she walked residence.  

Ms Patel vowed that she would ‘do all [she] can to guard girls and women from violence and harassment’ and praised girls for sharing their very own experiences on social media.

Sarah’s disappearance has ignited fury over the problems of feminine security with a whole lot of girls overtly discussing the concern they’ve felt when alone in public day or night time. 

Reclaim These Streets marches, designed to point out that ladies ought to really feel secure regardless of the time of day, are actually being organised.

It comes after a serving Metropolitan Police officer was arrested in connection along with her disappearance on suspicion of homicide, kidnapping – and a unrelated cost of publicity.

The man, in his 40s, stays in police custody and is being questioned by detectives.

Ms Patel’s assertion learn: ‘I’m deeply saddened by he developments within the Sarah Everard investigation. 

‘My heartfelt ideas and prayers are with Sarah, her household and buddies at this insufferable time.

‘Many girls have shared their tales and issues online since Sarah’s disappearance final week.

‘These are so highly effective as a result of every lady can relate. Every lady ought to really feel secure to stroll on our streets with out concern of harassment or violence.

‘At this deeply unhappy and tragic time as we predict and pray for Sarah and her household. I’ll proceed by means of my position to do all I can to guard girls and women from violence and harassment.’ 

Couzens is a member of the elite Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection squad – a job that entitles him to hold a firearm and a Metropolitan Police warrant card.    

Formed in 2015, the unit is accountable for the safety of presidency owned buildings and embassies in addition to ministers and visiting heads of state. 

As a part of his armed duties defending MPs and dignitaries, Couzens has offered static safety for main public occasions attended by senior members of the Royal Family. 

All police recruits bear cautious vetting to verify whether or not they have a legal file once they be part of the pressure. To be accepted into the elite Westminster armed unit, officers should face rigorous exams and firearms coaching.

Detectives carried out a search of Couzens’ locker on the police base within the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, police started looking out his £200,000 Kent residence and backyard whereas a £20,000 black Seat Exeo was taken away on a lowloader. Officers had been additionally seen photographing a motorcycle within the property’s storage.  

Police who arrested Couzens are understood to have taken a reminiscence card as a part of their investigation.

Detectives are mentioned to have found the micro SD card throughout a search of the semi-detached property. Couzens had been just lately digging a part of his again backyard as much as set up a pond, neighbours say.

John Chidwick, 67, who lives close by, mentioned: ‘He had some timber sheets going spare and I requested if I might have them to construct a manure field for my allotment. He was a pleasant, pleasant bloke and properly spoken.

‘He hadn’t been dwelling on the street all that lengthy, about 4 years give or take, however appears to be a household man as most individuals round listed here are. I do know he is a police officer.’

Another neighbour mentioned: ‘He saved himself to himself however I knew he was a policeman. I used to be shocked to see the police. They arrange a tent and have been digging up the backyard.’  

Earlier within the day, Met Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave mentioned investigators hoped Miss Everard was nonetheless alive following the constable’s arrest on suspicion of kidnap on Tuesday night time.

But hours later, Couzens was rearrested on suspicion of homicide in a devastating blow for Miss Everard’s household, who had been mentioned to be ‘completely distraught’.

They had been determined for information because the Met continued to take care of publicly there was no proof she had come to hurt.

But it was recommended final night time that plain garments officers could have been secretly monitoring the suspect’s actions for days.   

The lacking lady’s shocked uncle Nicholas informed MailOnline: ‘It’s surprising and really upsetting. We weren’t anticipating a improvement like this and it is tough to make sense of it.

‘I found out {that a} police officer had been arrested by means of the media final night time. I spoke to my brother right away and he was as shocked as me. The entire household is and all our buddies. I spoke to him once more this morning and we’re ready for an replace from the police.

‘The police are doing every thing they will and we’re grateful to them. We expect an replace from them later at this time. I might by no means have imagined that the investigation might have taken such an sudden twist.’ 

Scotland Yard referred itself to the police watchdog final night time over the arrest of its personal officer and individually over the pressure’s actions after Miss Everard was reported lacking. 

David Ladd, 48, mentioned he noticed his neighbour being arrested on Tuesday night time. He added: ‘I got here again final night time from a motorcycle trip about 10pm and there have been a load of plain garments cops on the street.

Wayne Couzens, pictured here holding a piece of cake, is understood to be currently sporting a beard like the one above

Wayne Couzens early in his career doing a breathalyser test

Wayne Couzens, left, is known to be at present sporting a beard just like the one above, and proper early in his profession

Sarah Everard, 33, 'vanished into thin air' after leaving a friend's house in Clapham, south London on Wednesday night

Sarah Everard, 33, ‘vanished into skinny air’ after leaving a pal’s home in Clapham, south London on Wednesday night time

‘He could not do something like this’: Mother-in-law of Met officer, 48, arrested on suspicion of murdering Sarah Everard insists he’ is an excellent father’ and has spent years studying Ukrainian after assembly her daughter, 39, online in 2006 

Nina Sukhorebra, Couzens' mother-in-law

Wayne Couzens, 48

Nina Sukhorebra, Couzens’ mother-in-law, mentioned the suspect, left, was a household man

The mother-in-law of armed policeman Wayne Couzens – at present below arrest for the homicide of Sarah Everard – revealed he was at work hours earlier than detectives swooped, and mentioned ‘He couldn’t do something like this’.

Nina Sukhoreba, 69, the mom of his spouse Elena, mentioned the household thought every thing was high-quality the day he was detained.

Retired trainer Mrs Sukhoreba, who lives in Kirovograd, 185 miles south of Kiev, informed the Daily Telegraph: ‘He couldn’t do something like this. He is an excellent household man, an exquisite man. This simply sounds loopy to me.’

Since marrying Elena, 39, in 2006 after assembly online, Couzens had been making an attempt to study Ukrainian and visited the nation yearly though had missed 2020 because of coronavirus restrictions.

She added: ‘I talked to my daughter simply Tuesday and she or he did not inform me something.

‘She mentioned Wayne was at work and every thing was high-quality.

‘He is an excellent father. He came around with the youngsters and all of us walked to the river and he helped me at residence and within the backyard.

‘Due to coronavirus they did not come this yr. I visited them two years in the past within the UK.

‘Everything is ok there. Tuesday I actually talked to my daughter and she or he informed me that every thing is ok.’

 

‘They had arrested Wayne. I noticed him in handcuffs being put behind an unmarked silver automobile. Uniformed officers turned up and have been outdoors Wayne’s home since then.

‘Wayne himself was a police officer, he informed me after we had a chat about three months in the past. Although what precisely he did within the pressure I do not know.

‘I’d seen that he had a motorcycle and I had some issues with the exhaust on my bike and so went to see him to see if he might assist. He gave me just a few tips about what to do and we received chatting.’ 

Pamela Cane, 77, who lives reverse Couzens, mentioned the officer lived on the property together with his spouse, two younger kids and a pug canine.

Describing the officer as ‘very pleasant’ and a part of a ‘excellent household’, she mentioned: ‘The entire state of affairs is horrifying.

‘I can not imagine this. The arrest is extra surprising as a result of he is a police officer. Wayne would additionally repair bikes in his storage. He was identified for serving to folks with them.’

Couzens first joined Scotland Yard from Kent Police after working at a household storage repairs enterprise in Dover and a spell within the Territorial Army. Said to have an exemplary file, he as soon as heroically rescued an aged lady from her flat when a fireplace broke out, a former neighbour claimed.

Last night time family leapt to his defence, together with his uncle Kevin Fowle saying: ‘It has come as a shock. He’s by no means accomplished something untoward. There’s no different information I can provide you apart from he’s a high-quality upstanding man.’ 

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin mentioned on Tuesday that the arrest was a ‘important improvement’ within the investigation, including: ‘This is a fast-paced investigation and we’re doing every thing we will to seek out Sarah.

‘We have seen an awesome response from the general public and I repeat my request for anybody with information which may be related to return ahead, regardless of how insignificant it could appear.’

Mr Ephgrave added: ‘The arrest this night is a severe and important improvement. 

‘We will proceed to work with all velocity on this investigation however the truth that the arrested man is a serving Metropolitan Police officer is each surprising and deeply disturbing.

‘I perceive there can be important public concern however it’s important that the investigative workforce are given the time and house to proceed their work.’ 

The Metropolitan Police added the Directorate of Professional Standards is conscious of the arrests.

Miss Everard vanished after leaving a pal’s residence in Leathwaite Road, Clapham to stroll residence to Brixton at round 9pm final Wednesday.

She was final seen sporting a inexperienced rain jacket, navy blue trousers with a white diamond sample and turquoise and orange trainers. It can be believed she was sporting inexperienced earphones and a white beanie hat. 

Footage from a doorbell camera final captured pictures of Miss Everard as she walked alongside the A205 Poynders Road in the direction of Tulse Hill at round 9.30pm. 

Officers sealed off a block of flats on Tuesday as they started a forensic investigation near the place the Durham University graduate was final seen. 

It was beforehand revealed Miss Everard spent 1 / 4 of an hour on the cellphone planning to see her boyfriend Josh Lowth the next day, earlier than her cellular was both switched off or ran out of battery. 

Mr Lowth, 33, whose LinkedIn says he’s Marketing Director at MA Exhibitions, later raised the alarm to police when she failed to satisfy him as she had organized, her aunt confirmed. 

Speaking at Mr Lowth’s household residence in Sidcup, Kent, his father Chris informed MailOnline: ‘We are involved, like everyone is. We actually, actually need to see her again.’

‘The entire household is clearly very apprehensive about her and simply needs her residence safely.

‘We’re all pulling collectively and praying that this terrible state of affairs is shortly resolved. We need to thank the media for all their assist.’ 

Sarah's boyfriend Josh Lowth, 33

Missing People have urged anyone that knows anything to help

Josh Lowth, 33, is the boyfriend of lacking Sarah Everard, the lady seen strolling between Clapham Junction and Brixton. The couple spoke for round quarter-hour on the cellphone earlier than Sarah’s disappearance

Mr Lowth shared a Facebook put up interesting for anybody who is aware of the place Miss Everand is to get in contact with police.  

He wrote: ‘Sarah continues to be lacking. Please share this put up to assist us to seek out her. Today, greater than ever, we miss our sturdy, stunning pal.’ 

The 33-year-old is known to have left her pal’s home by means of a again gate onto the A205 South Circular at round 9pm on March 3. 

She then started strolling to her residence handle in Brixton, and may have returned residence 50 minutes later. 

Miss Everard was final seen on CCTV at round 9.30pm final Wednesday.

Her father Jeremy, 67, a professor of electronics at York University, and mom Sue, 64, a charity employee, are understood to have travelled to London from their residence in York. They are being helped within the search by her sister Katie and brother James.

In a press release, the household mentioned: ‘With day-after-day that goes by we’re getting extra apprehensive about Sarah. 

‘She is at all times in common contact with us and along with her buddies and it’s completely out of character for her to vanish like this.

‘We lengthy to see her and wish nothing greater than for her to be found secure and properly.

‘We are so grateful to the police and all our buddies for all they’re doing.

‘We are determined for information and if anybody is aware of something about what has occurred to her, we might urge you to please come ahead and converse to the police. No piece of information is simply too insignificant.’ 

Ahead of the arrests on Tuesday, Ms Goodwin, who’s main the investigation, mentioned there was no information to recommend Ms Everard had ‘come to any hurt’.

She added: ‘We’ve launched two new pictures of Sarah as we proceed to seek for her.

‘Please check out them and contemplate when you noticed her on the night time she went lacking. I’m occupied with listening to from individuals who could have been within the space from 9.30pm onward.

‘I need to stay clear that presently now we have no information to recommend that Sarah has come to any hurt and we retain an open thoughts as to the circumstances.

‘We share the want of her household and buddies to have her again safely along with her family members.’

Police mentioned that they had obtained greater than 120 calls from the general public and visited 750 houses as a part of their investigation into Miss Everard’s disappearance.

Ms Goodwin added: ‘We have seized quite a lot of CCTV recordings however we all know that there are more likely to be many extra on the market.

‘Please, even when you’re unsure, verify your doorbell or CCTV footage simply in case it holds a clue.

‘I’m additionally asking supply drivers or anybody with dashcam footage who would have been within the Poynders Road space at roughly 9.30pm on Wednesday to return ahead.’

The investigation is being handled as a lacking particular person’s enquiry, however because of its complicated nature it’s being led by the Met’s Specialist Crime Command. 

Superintendent Kris Wright, from the Met’s Central South Area Command Unit which covers Clapham, mentioned on Tuesday: ‘I do know that Sarah’s disappearance is weighing on folks’s minds and the area people is, in fact, involved about her and will even really feel apprehensive.

‘I need them to know that they need to anticipate to see extra cops on patrol within the space as we proceed to seek for Sarah and speak with the group. If you need to method them about any issues you have got, please accomplish that. 

‘We are right here to help the group and we genuinely need to assist in any method we will.’ 

Earlier this week it was reported that different girls had come ahead to say that they had been attacked within the streets round the place Miss Everard vanished.

The Metropolitan Police is alleged to have obtained a report of a sexual assault on a lone feminine on January 14, on a street half-a-mile away from the place Miss Everard was final seen.

Other girls have additionally reportedly come ahead to the police, saying they had been adopted by teams of males in close by Balham. Another lady claimed she was adopted whereas strolling with a buggy.

The incidents are usually not regarded as linked to Miss Everard’s disappearance, however had been reported to detectives investigating the case following Scotland Yard’s enchantment for information.  

Anyone who has seen Sarah or who has information that will help the investigation ought to name the Incident Room on 0208 785 8244.

Information may also be offered to detectives utilizing the Major Incident Portal or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

The determined search that led to patch of desolate woodland: How police spent days making an attempt to piece collectively Sarah Everard’s final identified actions… as ‘human stays’ are found in Kent

The more and more determined seek for Sarah Everard yesterday narrowed to rainswept woodland 55 miles from the place she went lacking the place officers found human stays. 

As officers painstakingly combed 500-acre Hoad’s Wood, locals mentioned it was typically used as a dumping floor. Two miles west of Ashford in Kent, the desolate spot is flanked by a railway line and an deserted golf and paintballing centre.

Rob, a resident whose household owns a part of the wooden, mentioned: ‘My household used to bury sheep in there within the outdated days. No one ever goes by means of it as a result of it is non-public. It’s all bramble and bushes.’ He mentioned flytippers typically dumped garbage there, together with outdated vehicles, together with a burnt-out silver Ford Focus near the place officers had been looking out.

It can be 30 miles from the Deal residence of suspect Wayne Couzens, 48, who was arrested late on Tuesday night time reportedly after a breakthrough from CCTV on a bus that handed Sarah on her route residence to Brixton at 9.30pm on March 3.

90 minutes earlier Couzens, an armed officer with the Met’s diplomatic safety squad, is alleged to have completed a shift guarding the US Embassy near Battersea Power station, going residence to Kent via an armoury to drop off his gun.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick confirmed human remains have been found in the week-long search for 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick confirmed human stays have been found within the week-long seek for 33-year-old advertising government Sarah Everard

VANISHED AFTER VISITING FRIEND

The grim hunt unfolded every week after Miss Everard, a 33-year-old advertising supervisor, vanished as she walked residence by means of south London. It is known the police breakthrough got here after officers examined CCTV footage.

Police spent days desperately making an attempt to piece collectively Miss Everard’s final identified actions.

Last Wednesday she visited a pal’s home in Leathwaite Road, Clapham, leaving there at about 9pm. The stroll again to her flat in Brixton ought to have taken her about 50 minutes. But video footage from an property agent’s CCTV camera close to her residence confirmed no signal of her. 

From her pal’s home, Miss Everard is believed to have walked throughout Clapham Common. The ponds within the park had been one of many first locations searched, by officers in cold-water fits.

Wayne Couzens, pictured here holding a piece of cake, is understood to be currently sporting a beard like the one above

Wayne Couzens early in his career doing a breathalyser test

Wayne Couzens, left, is known to be at present sporting a beard just like the one above, and proper early in his profession

In her inexperienced rain jacket, blue and white diamond print trousers, blue and orange trainers and inexperienced earphones below a white beanie hat, Miss Everard minimize a particular determine, and police appealed for anybody who may need seen her.

They issued a picture of her from a grocery store CCTV camera shopping for wine on the best way to her pal.

As she threaded her method by means of a community of residential streets, she spoke on the cellphone to her boyfriend Josh Lowth. Their dialog lasted about quarter-hour, ending shortly earlier than 9.30pm.

Today it was claimed that Couzens, an armed diplomatic safety officer, labored a 2pm to 8pm shift guarding the US embassy near Battersea Power station – lower than three miles from the place Miss Everard was final seen at 9.30pm. 

My Met Police colleagues are all completely appalled 

Speaking outdoors Scotland Yard final night time, a grim-faced Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick broke the information of the tragic discovery of human stays.

I need to begin by saying that my ideas and prayers are with Sarah Everard’s household and her buddies at this very tough and painful time.

As you might be conscious, a person has been arrested on suspicion of her homicide.

This night detectives and search groups investigating Sarah’s disappearance have very sadly found what we imagine at this stage to be human stays… The information at this time that it was a Metropolitan Police officer arrested on suspicion of Sarah’s homicide has despatched waves of shock and anger by means of the general public and thru the entire of the Met.

I converse on behalf of all my colleagues within the Met after I say we’re completely appalled at this dreadful information.

Our job is to patrol the streets and to guard folks… Sarah’s disappearance in these terrible and depraved circumstances is each household’s worst nightmare.

I do know Londoners will need to know that it’s fortunately extremely uncommon for a girl to be kidnapped from our streets.

But I utterly perceive that regardless of this, girls in London and the broader public – notably these within the space the place Sarah went lacking – can be apprehensive and could be feeling scared.

THE DESPERATION OF HER FAMILY

Miss Everard comes from York, studied at Durham University, and moved to the capital for work round 12 years in the past. Intelligent and outgoing, she works for an organization that organises commerce reveals. Her brother James and sister Katie additionally dwell in London.

Her gut-wrenching disappearance plunged her household into frantic fear. Her father Jeremy, a professor of electronics on the University of York, and mom Sue, left their £700,000 York residence to hitch the round the clock seek for their daughter.

They requested the media and the general public for assist, saying: ‘With day-after-day that goes by we’re getting extra apprehensive about Sarah.

‘She is at all times in common contact with us and along with her buddies and it’s completely out of character for her to vanish like this. We lengthy to see her and wish nothing greater than for her to be found secure and properly.

‘No piece of information is simply too insignificant.’

Miss Everard’s sister wrote on Facebook: ‘No phrases. Please share and call me when you hear something.’ Mr Lowth begged folks to assist find his ‘stunning pal’.

DOORBELL CAMERA BREAKTHROUGH

Police upgraded the search to the homicide squad, however careworn they had been nonetheless treating it as a lacking particular person case.

The breakthrough got here on Poynders Road, a stretch of the capital’s busy South Circular, in Clapham. An picture of Miss Everard was captured by a doorbell camera on a home alongside the street at round 9.30pm.

Police haven’t launched this picture, however it’s believed to be the final time she was sighted. Cameras additional alongside the identical road did not seize her.

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, main the investigation, had appealed for anybody with footage to return ahead – particularly anybody driving alongside Poynders Road.

The Met officer mentioned: ‘The proof that you’ve got in your dash-cam could possibly be completely very important to discovering Sarah.’

On Tuesday, a police cordon went up and officers sporting forensic fits performed fingertip searches alongside Poynders Road and a close-by housing property near Clapham South Tube.

Specialist divers and officers with sniffer canine had been seen wanting in ponds in close by Agnes Riley Gardens. Drains had been additionally inspected in the course of the searches.

Police watchdog is ready to probe the Sarah Everard investigation 

The probe into Sarah Everard’s disappearance has been referred to the police watchdog.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct confirmed it had obtained a referral from Scotland Yard concerning one in every of its officers arrested on suspicion of kidnap, homicide and indecent publicity. It has additionally obtained a compulsory referral regarding the actions of police after Miss Everard was reporting lacking.

An IOPC spokesman yesterday mentioned it was assessing whether or not additional motion was wanted concerning the conduct of investigators.

HELICOPTERS AND TORCHLIT SEARCHES

Events moved shortly on Tuesday night time and Wednesday morning. Neighbours seen a Land Rover parked near policeman Wayne Couzens’ home within the Kent coastal city of Deal, and thought it was being watched. Then round 9pm, some two dozen police swooped.

Locals reported the Couzens’ household backyard was being dug up and a police tent erected. Meanwhile, simultaneous searches had been launched in scrubland at Betteshanger Park north of Deal and at Hoad’s Wood, 30 miles away.

A home-owner close to the latter mentioned officers brandishing torches had descended on the previous entrance of the now disused Great Chart Golf Course and adjoining derelict buildings round midnight.

He mentioned: ‘The police had been looking out ditches and outbuildings. They knocked on our door and requested to go looking our buildings which in fact was high-quality.

‘The officer mentioned they had been from the Met and in search of a ‘excessive danger lacking particular person’.They had the helicopters out with their searchlights on till about 4am.

‘The space they’re looking out has been empty for a few years. It’s so distant. Someone must know the realm, to return right here. We solely ever get locals spherical right here. It was once a golf complicated and a leisure facility with paintballing. It backs on to woods. There have been greater than 20 officers right here since final night time and so they had the sniffer canine out.’

Miss Everard’s uncle, Nick Everard, described the arrest as a ‘surprising improvement’. 

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