Sarah Everard news latest – Suspect Wayne Couzens quizzed over indecent exposure in takeaway 3 days before she vanished

ARMED cop Wayne Couzens has been linked to an alleged sex offence just three days before Sarah Everard disappeared.

The murder suspect has been accused of exposing himself to female staff at a take away on February 28 in South London.

But police failed to act and arrest Couzens over the accusation of indecent exposure at fast food take away in South London.  

This comes as he was found unconscious in his cell with serious head injuries.

PC Wayne Couzens, 48, was being held on suspicion of her abduction and murder at Wandsworth police station, South West London and has been rushed to hospital, The Sun has exclusively revealed.

Couzens is understood to have been alone in his cell at the time and there is no suggestion anybody else is involved.

The family of Sarah Everard paid tribute to their "bright and beautiful daughter and sister" after human remains were found.

In a statement, Sarah's family said: "Our beautiful daughter Sarah was taken from us and we are appealing for any information that will help to solve this terrible crime.

"Sarah was bright and beautiful – a wonderful daughter and sister. She was kind and thoughtful, caring and dependable. She always put others first and had the most amazing sense of humour. She was strong and principled and a shining example to us all. We are very proud of her and she brought so much joy to our lives.

"We would like to thank our friends and family for all their support during this awful time and we would especially like to thank Sarah’s friends who are working tirelessly to help."

Follow our live blog below for the latest developments in the case…

  • Katie Davis

    MET INVESTIGATION

    Scotland Yard is facing an investigation by the police watchdog into its handling of an allegation of indecent exposure involving the suspect in the Sarah Everard case.

    The Independent Office of Police Conduct is to probe whether officers “responded appropriately” after receiving a report that a man had exposed himself at a fast food restaurant in south London on February 28 – three days before the 33-year-old went missing.

    A serving police officer remains in custody after being detained on suspicion of Ms Everard’s murder and kidnap, and a separate allegation of indecent exposure. Police have been granted more time to question him.

    The IOPC said in a statement: “The Independent Office for Police Conduct has started an independent investigation into whether Metropolitan Police Service officers responded appropriately to a report of indecent exposure.”

  • Katie Davis

    LIBBY SQUIRE'S MUM BEGS PEOPLE TO HELP LONE WOMEN

    Libby Squire's mum Lisa has begged people to be alert for lone women after Sarah Everard vanished on London's streets.

    Libby was just 21-years-old when she vanished after a night out in Hull in 2019 with her body later found dumped nearby.

    Pawel Relowicz, 26, was later found guilty of raping and murdering the young student and jailed for 27 years.

    Writing on Twitter, Lisa Squire said: "As Libby’s mum can I ask that if ever you see a lone female who is obviously vulnerable offer to wait with her.

    "Offer to call someone for her. Offer help. If she refuses help (and likely she will due to fear) call the police. The police WILL respond."

  • Katie Davis

    SUSPECT TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH HEAD INJURIES

    The cop arrested on suspicion of kidnap and murder was rushed to hospital on Thursday when he was found collapsed in his cell after suffering head wounds.

    Met PC Wayne Couzens was taken to hospital with a police guard following the incident at Wandsworth police station, South West London.

    A source told The Sun: “He was found unconscious in his cell with head injuries.

    “The custody officers rushed in and gave him immediate first aid and he was taken to hospital.

    “It caused a hell of a panic and serious questions are being asked over how it happened."

  • Katie Davis

    WHAT TIME IS SARAH'S VIGIL TOMORROW?

    Sarah Everard's vigil is due to take place at 6pm on Saturday, March 13. The event was organised after the 33-year-old's alleged kidnap and murder sparked anger over the safety of women on the UK's streets.

    It is scheduled to begin at the bandstand in Clapham Common, South London – the area where Sarah was last seen as she walked towards her Brixton home on Wednesday, March 3.

    Similar vigils have also been organised in other parts of the country, including Southend-on-Sea, Walthamstow and Margate.

    Those unable to attend the vigil in person have been encouraged to tweet #ReclaimTheseStreets and/or light a candle at 6pm on March 13.

    However, the event has been put in jeopardy after the Met Police was accused of "reversing its position" and threatening to fine organisers thousands of pounds if they break Covid restrictions.

  • Katie Davis

    SUSPECT 'EXPOSED HIMSELF IN TAKEAWAY' DAYS BEFORE SARAH VANISHED

    Armed cop Wayne Couzens had been linked to a reported sex offence three days before the alleged kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard, it has emerged.

    But police failed to act and arrest Couzens over the accusation of indecent exposure at fast food take away in South London.  

    It meant he was still working as a gun cop and free to allegedly snatch 33-year-old Sarah.

  • Katie Davis

    WOMEN DEMAND RIGHT TO SAFELY WALK STREETS

    Politicians, campaigners and women nationwide are demanding the right to feel safe while walking the streets in the wake of Sarah Everard’s case.

    In an striking outpouring of emotion and anger, they said: “Enough is enough.”

    A silent Commons heard Labour’s Jess Phillips read the names of 118 women killed by men in the past year.

    She said politicians loved to track numbers about vaccinations, people on benefits and their own popularity.

    But she added: “We don’t currently count dead women. Let’s pray every day and work every day to make sure nobody’s name ends up on this list again.”

  • Katie Davis

    WHEN DID SARAH GO MISSING?

    Sarah has not been seen since Wednesday, March 3, 2021. She vanished after she left a friend's house in Leathwaite Road in Clapham at about 9pm.

    Sarah headed through a back gate on to the A205 South Circular before she is believed to have walked across Clapham Common.

    The marketing manager had spoken to her partner on the phone for about 15 minutes, and has not been heard from since that point, according to her friend Rose Woollard.

    Cops said it is not clear if she made it back to her home in nearby Brixton.

    Police said she was last seen on CCTV at around 9.30pm on Poynder's Road heading in the direction of Tulse Hill.

  • Katie Davis

    BORIS JOHNSON ‘SHOCKED AND DEEPLY SADDENED’

    The Prime Minister has said he was “shocked and deeply saddened” after human remains were discovered in the search for Sarah Everard.

    Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said on Wednesday night that remains had been found in an area of woodland in Ashford in Kent by detectives investigating Ms Everard’s disappearance.

    Boris Johnson said on Thursday: “I am shocked and deeply saddened by the developments in the Sarah Everard investigation.

    “Like the whole country, my thoughts are with her family and friends. We must work fast to find all the answers to this horrifying crime.”

  • Katie Davis

    SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN STREET COULD BECOME CRIME

    Sexual harassment against women on the street could become a new criminal offence following the alleged murder of Sarah Everard.

    The campaign for the new law is being backed by Nimco Ali, a feminist campaigner appointed by the Home Secretary to advise on the Government’s new strategy to combat sexual violence against women and girls.

    It comes as a survey by UN Women UK revealed the shocking statistics that 97 per cent of women aged between 18 and 24 have been the victims of sexual harassment.

    Writing for The Telegraph, Ms Ali slammed current loopholes in the law that allows women and girls to be the targets for illicit sexual and abusive comments from men and unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature.

    “Street harassment is absolutely a form of violence towards women and girls and it currently goes unreported and unpunished. Tolerating behaviour like public harassment only makes it easier for serious crimes of physical and sexual violence to happen,” she said.

  • Katie Davis

    'SARAH WAS A SHINING EXAMPLE TO US ALL'

    The family of Sarah Everard have paid tribute to their "bright and beautiful daughter and sister" after human remains were found in an investigation into her disappearance.

    In a statement, the family said: “Our beautiful daughter Sarah was taken from us and we are appealing for any information that will help to solve this terrible crime.

    “Sarah was bright and beautiful – a wonderful daughter and sister. She was kind and thoughtful, caring and dependable. She always put others first and had the most amazing sense of humour. She was strong and principled and a shining example to us all. We are very proud of her and she brought so much joy to our lives.

    “We would like to thank our friends and family for all their support during this awful time and we would especially like to thank Sarah’s friends who are working tirelessly to help. We are so grateful to the police and would like to thank them for all they are doing. We are now pleading for additional help from the public.

    “Please come forward and speak to the police if you have any information. No piece of information is too insignificant. Thank you.”

  • Katie Davis

    COPS 'BAN' VIGIL FOR SARAH

    Organisers of a vigil for Sarah Everard say police have declared the event "unlawful" and threatened them with fines and prosecution under Covid laws.

    Reclaim the Streets are set to mount a High Court challenge today, claiming the Met reversed the decision to permit Saturday's event in London.

    The group has raised £30,000 to cover legal costs, with donations still pouring in.

    Hundreds are expected to join the special vigil for Sarah after the 33-year-old vanished off the streets of the capital.

    The socially-distanced Reclaim These Streets vigil will be held at sunset on Saturday at Clapham Common – where Sarah was last seen last week.

  • Ben Hill

    'ABOUT FACE'

    One of the organisers of a vigil for Sarah Everard, due to take place in Clapham in south London on Saturday, said there was an "about-face" by the police on the decision to allow the event to go ahead.

    Anna Burley told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that organisation for the vigil began on Wednesday evening, adding: "We proactively wrote to the police and the local council.

    "Initially, we had feedback that they were looking at ways to navigate this, that they would be looking at how they could proportionately and appropriately provide community policing to the event.

    "And we were in conversation about how we could do that safely so that people could express their anger and their grief without putting themselves or others at risk.

  • Ben Hill

    TIMELINE OF A TRAGEDY

    – March 3: Sarah Everard goes missing after leaving a friend's house in Clapham, south London, around 9pm.

    – March 6: Metropolitan Police raise the alarm over Ms Everard's disappearance, saying it was "totally out of character" for her not to be in contact with family and friends.

    – March 7: Police release footage taken from a private doorbell-type camera showing Ms Everard was walking alone along the A205 Poynders Road towards Tulse Hill, just south of Brixton.

    – March 8: Scotland Yard says it remains "open minded as to all possibilities" over Ms Everard's disappearance, while confirming a missing persons investigation.

  • Ben Hill

    REASSURING WORDS

    Home Secretary Priti Patel has sought to reassure the public over the integrity and dedication of police after the arrest of a serving officer on suspicion of Sarah Everard's murder.

    The officer, who is in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, remains in custody after being detained on suspicion of the murder and kidnapping of Ms Everard, and on a separate allegation of indecent exposure.

    Writing in The Sun, Ms Patel said while such "awful" incidents are rare, they are also extremely worrying because they remind women everywhere "of the steps we all take on a daily basis, without a second thought, to keep ourselves safe".

    She said these concerns had been compounded by the fact the man arrested in this case was a serving officer, but said the "vast majority" of police personnel were people of the highest integrity.

  • Ben Hill

    MET INVESTIGATION

    Scotland Yard is facing an investigation by the police watchdog into its handling of an allegation of indecent exposure involving the suspect in the Sarah Everard case.

    The Independent Office of Police Conduct is to probe whether officers "responded appropriately" after receiving a report that a man had exposed himself at a fast food restaurant in south London on February 28 – three days before the 33-year-old went missing.

    A serving police officer remains in custody after being detained on suspicion of Ms Everard's murder and kidnap, and a separate allegation of indecent exposure. Police have been granted more time to question him.

    The IOPC said in a statement: "The Independent Office for Police Conduct has started an independent investigation into whether Metropolitan Police Service officers responded appropriately to a report of indecent exposure."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LIVE IN FEAR – COMMENT

    “The Sarah Everard case is every woman’s greatest fear – but we shouldn’t have to adapt our behaviour to ‘stay safe’.”

    More on Hana Carter’s comment piece here.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ‘OFFER HELP’

    Libby Squire’s mum today begged people to be alert for lone women after Sarah Everard vanished on London’s streets.

    Writing on Twitter, she said: “As Libby’s mum can I ask that if ever you see a lone female who is obviously vulnerable offer to wait with her.

    “Offer to call someone for her. Offer help. If she refuses help (and likely she will due to fear) call the police.

    “The police WILL respond.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WATCH

    Labour’s Jess Phillips read the names of 118 women killed by men in the past year in the House of Commons earlier today.

    Jess Phillips MP reads out names of women and girls murdered in the last year as International Women’s Day marked in Commons

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ENOUGH'S ENOUGH

    Politicians, campaigners and women nationwide are demanding the right to feel safe while walking the streets in the wake of Sarah Everard’s death.

    In an astonishing outpouring of emotion and anger, they said yesterday: “Enough is enough.”

    A silent Commons heard Labour’s Jess Phillips read the names of 118 women killed by men in the past year.

    She said politicians loved to track numbers about vaccinations, people on benefits and their own popularity.

    But she added: “We don’t currently count dead women. Let’s pray every day and work every day to make sure nobody’s name ends up on this list again.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    "We would like to thank our friends and family for all their support during this awful time and we would especially like to thank Sarah’s friends who are working tirelessly to help.

    "We are so grateful to the police and would like to thank them for all they are doing. We are now pleading for additional help from the public.

    "Please come forward and speak to the police if you have any information. No piece of information is too insignificant. Thank you."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HEARTBROKEN FAMILY SAYS 'OUR KIND AND BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER WAS TAKEN FROM US'

    The family of Sarah Everard today paid tribute to their 'bright and beautiful daughter and sister' after human remains were found in an investigation into her disappearance.

    In a statement, Sarah's family said: "Our beautiful daughter Sarah was taken from us and we are appealing for any information that will help to solve this terrible crime.

    "Sarah was bright and beautiful – a wonderful daughter and sister. She was kind and thoughtful, caring and dependable. She always put others first and had the most amazing sense of humour.

    "She was strong and principled and a shining example to us all. We are very proud of her and she brought so much joy to our lives."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    'I'LL DO ALL I CAN TO PROTECT WOMEN AND GIRLS' SAYS HOME SECRETARY

    "The disappearance of Sarah Everard and the arrest of a Metropolitan Police officer on suspicion of her murder has shocked and saddened the whole country.

    "My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Sarah, her family and friends at this unbearable time, and I am working closely with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to ensure the police have the resources they need to deliver justice."

    For more on Priti Patel's piece, click here.

  • Hana Carter

    BORIS JOHNSON ‘SHOCKED AND DEEPLY SADDENED’ BY SARAH EVERARD ‘MURDER’

    The Prime Minister has said he was “shocked and deeply saddened” after human remains were discovered in the search for Sarah Everard.

    Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said on Wednesday night that remains had been found in an area of woodland in Ashford in Kent by detectives investigating Ms Everard’s disappearance.

    Boris Johnson said on Thursday: “I am shocked and deeply saddened by the developments in the Sarah Everard investigation.

    “Like the whole country, my thoughts are with her family and friends. We must work fast to find all the answers to this horrifying crime.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    THE LATEST

    • Police were last night investigating whether Wayne Couzens used his warrant card to entice Sarah into a car
    • Sarah's family said she would never have taken a lift from a stranger
    • Human remains were found in woodland in Kent last night as part of the investigation
    • Detectives have reportedly found no link between Sarah and Couzens
    • Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “shocked and deeply saddened" by the case

    ‘RECLAIM OUR STREETS’

    Hundreds are expected to join a special vigil for Sarah Everard after the 33-year-old vanished off the streets of London.

    The socially-distanced Reclaim These Streets vigil will be held at sunset on Saturday at Clapham Common – where Sarah was last seen last week.

    And a vigil will now be held on Saturday – both for Sarah and also for women who feel unsafe and face violence everyday.

    Organisers said: "It's wrong that the response to violence against women requires women to behave differently. In Clapham, police told women not to go out at night this week. Women are not the problem.

    "We've all been following the tragic case of Sarah Everard over the last week. This is a vigil for Sarah, but also for all women who feel unsafe, who go missing from our streets and who face violence every day."

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