Sarah Everard: Serving Met Police officer, 48, arrested over disappearance

The disappearance of Sarah Everard: the week-long investigation thus far

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

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

March 6: Met Police launch an attraction, saying Sarah was thought to have walked by Clapham Common, heading in direction of Brixton dwelling, a journey of fifty minutes. They say they aren’t sure she ever arrived dwelling.

March 7: Police launch footage of Ms Everard and say she was strolling alone on A205 Poynders Road in 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. 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 advanced 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 girl on the identical tackle is arrested on suspicion of aiding an offender.

March 10: Specialist police search group arrives in Kent. They search Couzens’ dwelling 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 advanced in Great Chart close to Ashford

3pm: Met Police verify 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 girl. They refuse to say when or the place the alleged indecent publicity passed off.

8pm: Dame Cressida Dick confirms human stays had been present in woodland in Ashford, Kent within the seek for Sarah. 

A physique was tonight discovered within the seek for lacking Sarah Everard – as officers continued to quiz a serving Metropolitan Police colleague on suspicion of her homicide.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick confirmed human stays have been discovered within the week-long seek for the 33-year-old advertising and marketing govt. 

However, she was unable to verify whether or not the stays present in woodland in Ashford, Kent had been these of Ms Everard, including identification might take ‘appreciable time.’

Dame Cressida mentioned: ‘As you’re 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.’

Miss Everard ‘vanished into skinny air’ after leaving a pal’s home in Clapham, south London at round 9pm on Wednesday, March 3.

A serving Metropolitan Police officer was yesterday arrested over the disappearance, and was immediately being questioned on suspicion of her kidnap, homicide and indecent publicity.

Wayne Couzens, 48, who’s a Westminster-based diplomatic safety officer and must be armed for his job, was initially arrested for the kidnap of Sarah and later re-arrested on suspicion of her homicide.

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

A lady, 39, was yesterday arrested on the identical tackle in Kent on suspicion of aiding an offender.

Speaking at Scotland Yard this night, Dame Cressida mentioned the Metropolitan Police are ‘totally appalled’ on the arrest of Couzens. 

She mentioned: ‘The information immediately that it was a Metropolitan Police officer who was arrested on suspicion of Sarah’s homicide has despatched shock waves and anger by the general public and thru the Met.

‘I converse on behalf of all my colleagues after I say that we’re totally appalled at this dreadful, dreadful information.

‘Our job is to patrol the streets and to guard folks.

‘The investigation is giant, fast-paced and intensely decided. We have had and proceed to have lots of of officers and workers working across the clock.

‘Sarah’s disappearance in these terrible and depraved circumstances I do know are each household’s worst nightmare.

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

‘But I utterly perceive that regardless of this, girls in London, significantly within the space the place Sarah went lacking. will likely be apprehensive and could also be feeling scared.

‘You ought to anticipate to see elevated police patrols within the space as nicely, after all, as continued giant scale investigative exercise.’ 

Officers had immediately been looking out a disused mini golf park and leisure centre surrounded by acres of woodland in Ashford forward of affirmation that human stays had been discovered.

They had beforehand been focusing their efforts on looking out grasses and ponds on Clapham Common – near Sarah’s final recognized location on Poynders Road – however switched their consideration final night time as groups travelled 80 miles to Kent to make their arrest.

Today they had been additionally looking out close to Betteshanger Park in addition to an deserted leisure advanced in Great Chart close to Ashford, which was beforehand used for paintball, golf and driving vary. A burnt-out silver Ford Focus might be seen within the grounds.

What we all know in regards to the case thus far: 

  • Sarah went lacking after visiting a pal’s home and chatting with her boyfriend Josh on the telephone
  • Officers had been capable of pinpoint her final recognized 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 frequent 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 dwelling and arrested him over the disappearance
  • He was arrested on suspicion of kidnap and a girl, 39, on suspicion of aiding an offender
  • Today Couzens was re-arrested on suspicion of murdering Sarah and indecent publicity to a different girl
  • Police have additionally been combing his home and varied wasteland areas close to to the place the married man lives
  • Tonight Cressida Dick confirmed ‘human stays’ had been present in woodland in Ashford, Kent 
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 discovered within the week-long seek for 33-year-old advertising and marketing govt Sarah Everard

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

Wayne Couzens, 48, was being held immediately by colleagues within the Metropolitan Police in reference to the investigation

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 presently sporting a beard just like the one above, and proper early in his profession

The Met mentioned in an earlier assertion: ‘A person arrested in reference to the disappearance of Sarah Everard stays in custody at a London police station.

‘The man, who’s aged in his 40s, was arrested on the night of March 9 on suspicion of kidnap. Today he has been additional arrested on suspicion of homicide and a separate allegation of indecent publicity.

‘The man is a serving Metropolitan Police officer within the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command. His major function was uniformed patrol duties of diplomatic premises.

‘A lady, who’s aged in her 30s, was additionally arrested on the night of March 9 on suspicion of aiding an offender. She stays in custody.

‘Officers are looking out places in London and Kent together with a property in Deal and an space of woodland close to Ashford.

‘Following the arrest of the police officer, the Metropolitan Police has made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.’

It is known {that a} key a part of the investigation got here to mild after detectives examined CCTV footage which led them to the suspect.

Couzens, who’s married with two younger kids, was by no means concerned within the search operation for Sarah himself and was detained simply earlier than midnight final night time at his dwelling in Deal, Kent.

His officer job with the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection – often known as PaDP – is predicated at Westminster.

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.

The PaDP is an armed command with most of its officers being authorised to make use of and carry firearms.

Another girl was additionally arrested at their £200,000 Kent property the place the household has lived for 4 years and which is near woodland the place police are presently scouring for Ms Everard.

This afternoon police started looking out their dwelling and backyard in full as their £20,000 black Seat Exeo was taken away on lowloader. They had been additionally seen photographing a bike in his storage.  

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

Officers are mentioned to have discovered the micro SD card throughout a search of the semi-detached property. Couzens had been not too long ago digging a part of their again backyard as much as set up a pond, neighbours say.

John Chidwick, 67, who lives of their street, 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 nicely spoken.

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

Another neighbour mentioned: ‘He stored 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.’ 

Couzens was beforehand a automotive mechanic and solely comparatively not too long ago turned a police officer ten years in the past.  

Earlier, Sarah’s surprised uncle Nicholas advised MailOnline: ‘It’s stunning and really upsetting. We weren’t anticipating a improvement like this and it is tough to make sense of it.

‘I came upon {that a} police officer had been arrested by the media final night time. I spoke to my brother right away and he was as shocked as me. The complete household is and all our pals. 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 predict an replace from them later immediately. I might by no means have imagined that the investigation might have taken such an sudden twist.’  

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

Police were seen taking away evidence in bags, including what appeared to be a laptop in the right plastic sack

Police had been seen taking away proof in baggage, together with what gave the impression to be a laptop computer in the proper plastic sack

A black SEAT Exeo was lifted off the drive way and forensics officers entered the house where the arrests were made

A black SEAT Exeo was lifted off the drive manner and forensics officers entered the home the place the arrests had been made

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The investigation started in Clapham after Sarah vanished after strolling dwelling from her pal’s home at 9pm on March 3

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Today the investigation moved to Deal in Kent when Metropolitan Police Officer Wayne Couzens was arrested over Sarah

A now-derelict garage where Couzens worked at his family mechanics business was taped off by investigating police today

A now-derelict storage the place Couzens labored at his household mechanics enterprise was taped off by investigating police immediately 

David Ladd, 48, who lives on the road, mentioned he noticed his neighbour being arrested final night time.

He mentioned: ‘I got here again final night time from a bike experience about 10pm and there have been a load of plain garments cops on the street.

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

‘Wayne himself was a police officer, he advised me once 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 bike 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 a couple of recommendations on what to do and we obtained chatting.’

Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave this morning refused to say what the officer had been arrested on suspicion of, in a departure from common arrest particulars disclosed by police forces.

But he did say outdoors Scotland Yard: ‘Our inquiries counsel that this officer was not on obligation on the time of Sarah’s disappearance.’

Mr Ephgrave wouldn’t say if the officer was recognized to Ms Everard. The Metropolitan Police officer, arrested in Kent in reference to the disappearance, immediately remained in custody at a London police station. 

A lady was arrested on suspicion of aiding an offender on the identical location and was additionally detained at a London police station.  

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin mentioned: ‘This is a big improvement in our inquiry. This is a fast-paced investigation and we’re doing every thing we are able to 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 come back ahead, irrespective of how insignificant it might appear.’

Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave added: ‘The arrest this night is a critical and important improvement. 

Forensics have been at the scene at the house for most of the day collecting and photographing any possible clues

Forensics have been on the scene on the home for a lot of the day gathering and photographing any potential clues

A forensic officer takes pictures inside the garage of the family home of serving police officer Wayne Couzens today

A forensic officer takes footage contained in the storage of the household dwelling of serving police officer Wayne Couzens immediately

Police put up a metal barrier around the home of Wayne Couzens this afternoon as activity intensified tonight

Police put up a metallic barrier across the dwelling of Wayne Couzens this afternoon as exercise intensified tonight 

Police search a disused paintball centre on Bears Lane, near Great Chart Golf and Leisure as they look for missing Sarah

Police search a disused paintball centre on Bears Lane, close to Great Chart Golf and Leisure as they search for lacking Sarah

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

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

The Metropolitan Police added the Directorate of Professional Standards is conscious of the arrests and Sarah’s household has been notified of the developments. 

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

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

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

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

A brief stretch of the South Circular was closed alongside Poynders Road, the place the block of flats are, between Cavendish Road and Rodenhurst Road. 

Forensic officers had been seen trying by hedges and alongside the road as they looked for any proof that would help them of their search.

The Met additionally yesterday launched two new photos of the lacking girl. 

 Met Police tweeted on Tuesday: ‘Were you driving within the Poynders Road space after 9.30pm on Wednesday third March? 

‘PLEASE test and double test your sprint and door cams for footage.’  

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 telephone earlier than Sarah’s disappearance

The search continued after it was revealed Miss Everard spent 1 / 4 of an hour on the telephone 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 dwelling in Sidcup, Kent, his father Chris advised MailOnline: ‘We are involved, like everyone is. We actually, actually need to see her again.’

‘The complete household is clearly very apprehensive about her and simply desires her dwelling safely.

‘We’re all pulling collectively and praying that this terrible scenario is rapidly resolved. We need to thank the media for all their assist.’

 Mr Lowth shared a Facebook publish 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 publish to assist us to seek out her. Today, greater than ever, we miss our robust, stunning pal.’ 

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

Her family and friends released a plea for her return, saying: 'Sarah, we are here for whenever you are ready'

Her household and pals launched a plea for her return, saying: ‘Sarah, we’re right here for every time you’re prepared’

She then started strolling to her dwelling tackle in Brixton, and may have returned dwelling 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 dwelling in York. They are being helped within the search by her sister Katie and brother James.

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

‘She is at all times in common contact with us and together with her pals 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 discovered secure and nicely.

‘We are so grateful to the police and all our pals 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 counsel Ms Everard had ‘come to any hurt’.

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

‘Please check out them and take into account if you happen to noticed her on the night time she went lacking. I’m excited about listening to from individuals who might have been within the space from 9.30pm onward.

‘I need to stay clear that at the moment we now have no information to counsel 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 pals to have her again safely together with her family members.’

Police mentioned they’d acquired greater than 120 calls from the general public and visited 750 properties as a part of their investigation into Miss Everard’s disappearance.

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

‘Please, even if you happen to’re unsure, test 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 come back ahead.’

The investigation is being handled as a lacking individual’s enquiry, however as a result of its advanced 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 local people is, after all, 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 neighborhood. If you need to method them about any considerations you could have, please accomplish that. 

‘We are right here to assist the neighborhood and we genuinely need to assist in any manner we are able to.’ 

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

The Metropolitan Police is alleged to have acquired 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 girl claimed she was adopted whereas strolling with a buggy.

The incidents should not considered linked to Miss Everard’s disappearance, however had been reported to detectives investigating the case following Scotland Yard’s attraction 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 can be supplied to detectives utilizing the Major Incident Portal or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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