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Sarah Everard: Met Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, ‘may have used warrant card to entice 33-year-old into the car.’

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POLICE were last night investigating whether a top gun cop used his warrant card to entice Sarah ­Everard into a car out of the view of cameras.

PC Wayne Couzens, 48, was being held on suspicion of her abduction and murder.

🔵 Follow our live blog for the latest developments on the case of missing Sarah Everard.

 Met Police officer Wayne Couzens

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The Met Police revealed human remains had been found in woods but did not confirm that they belonged to marketing executive Sarah, 33[/caption]

The dramatic development came as Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said human remains had been found in woods — but did not confirm that they belonged to marketing executive Sarah, 33.

Dame Cressida said: “We are not able to confirm any identity. That may take some considerable time.

“The news it was a Met Police officer arrested on suspicion of Sarah’s murder has sent shockwaves and anger through the public and the Met. I speak on behalf of all our colleagues when I say we are utterly appalled.”

Sarah’s family were earlier said to be “absolutely distraught” over the officer’s arrest but holding out hope for her safe recovery.

Cops moved in on married dad-of-two PC Couzens after a car linked to him was allegedly spotted on a motorist’s dashcam near to where Sarah was last seen on the night of Wednesday, March 3.

Police do not believe PC Couzens had ever met Sarah previously.

 Met Police officer Wayne Couzens
The cop’s Ukraine-born wife Elena, 38, who works as a laboratory manager, has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
 Met Police officer Wayne Couzens
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Wayne Couzens has been arrested over the disappearance of Sarah Everard[/caption]

 Met Police officer Wayne Couzens

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Detectives probing Sarah’s suspected murder searched the police officer’s locker yeste.rday

Detectives probing Sarah’s suspected murder searched the police officer’s locker yesterda

The marksman, whose role involves guarding politicians and protecting events attended by senior royals, is believed to have worked a shift in South London that day.

His Ukraine-born wife Elena, 38, who works as a laboratory manager, has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A source said last night: “The working hypothesis is that he saw Sarah on the street for the first time and kidnapped her.

“At this stage, it is thought the officer used his warrant card to entice Sarah towards his car.

“One theory is that he may have used the Covid lockdown as a pretext to engage with her and then snatched her.”

PC Couzens is attached to the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection (PDP) unit, normally based at Westminster’s Palace.

Detectives probing Sarah’s ­suspected murder searched his locker yesterday.

Detectives probing Sarah’s ­suspected murder searched his locker yesterday.

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Officers with specialist dogs descended on woods and derelict buildings 30 miles away at a former golf course and paintballing center at Great Chart, near Ashford, Kent[/caption]

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A police van at a woodland site on Wednesday

A police van at a woodland site on WednesdayA car was seized from the Kent home of Wayne Couzens.

She had vanished in Clapham, South West London while walking home alone from a friend’s house.

The car’s movements, believed to have been hired, were said to have been tracked by ANPR cameras from the scene.

It is understood PC Couzens worked a 2 pm to 8 pm relief shift at the US Embassy in Nine Elms, South West London.

It is around three miles from where Sarah, wearing a green rain jacket and navy blue trousers with a white diamond pattern, was last seen on a doorbell camera at 9.30 pm.

At the time, she was walking alone on Pounders Road, part of the South Circular, after a 15-minute phone call with her boyfriend Josh Lowth.

Moments later, PC Couzens is suspected of bundling Sarah into his car out of view of cameras.

Cops had cordoned off flats on Pounders Road at 4 pm on Tuesday and searched the immediate vicinity.

Cops had cordoned off flats on Poynders Road at 4pm on Tuesday and searched the immediate vicinity.

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A police officer carries evidence in plastic bags[/caption]

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Cressida Dick said human remains had been found in woods — but did not confirm that they belonged to marketing executive Sarah, 33[/caption]

It is close to the spot where she was last seen and where her last mobile phone signal was traced.

At 8 pm on Tuesday, detectives arrested PC Couzens at his home in Deal, Kent, and led him out in handcuffs an hour later.

He was initially held on suspicion of ­kidnap. Yesterday he was further arrested for Sarah’s murder and an unconnected offense of indecent exposure.

The couple’s modern terraced house and garden were searched.

The family cars, a nine-year-old black SEAT Exeo and Peugeot 107 were taken away for forensic examination.

Police also seized phones to ­analyse cell site data and pin down PC Couzens’ movements.

Early yesterday a helicopter and police search adviser (PolSA) teams scoured woodland near Betteshanger Park, Deal, for up to four hours.

The couple’s modern terraced house and garden were searched.
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Cops have conducted extensive searches over the past week[/caption]

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A forensic tent can be seen outside a home in Kent as police investigate[/caption]

Officers with specialist dogs also descended on woods and ­derelict buildings 30 miles away at a former golf course and paint­balling center at Great Chart, near Ashford, Kent.

The site was blocked off by a police van, with around six more near the building.

One local told The Sun: “I saw police with flashlights searching in my outhouse, our garden, and the fields next to it at around 1 am.

“There were dozens of them, and there was a helicopter flying above for ages. It was shocking.”

The Met said yesterday: “A man arrested in connection with the ­disappearance of Sarah Everard remains in custody at a London police station.

“The man, who is aged in his 40s, was arrested on the evening of Tuesday, March 9, on suspicion of kidnap.

“Today, he has been further arrested on suspicion of murder and a separate allegation of indecent exposure.”

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Sarah, 33, vanished while walking home in South London[/caption]

Clues to find Sarah

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Officers are also asking people in the following areas to check doorbell or dashcam footage for any sightings of Sarah:

  • The A205 South Circular around Clapham Common
  • Cavendish Road
  • New Park Road
  • Brixton Hill
  • Brixton Water Lane

The map shows a possible route Sarah would have followed.

The Met added: “The man is a serving Metropolitan Police officer in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.

“His primary role was uniformed patrol duties of diplomatic premises.

“A woman, who is aged in her 30s, was also arrested on the evening of March 9 on suspicion of assisting an offender. She remains in custody.

“Officers are searching locations in London and Kent, including a property in Deal and an area of woodland near Ashford.”

The Met has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct over the case.

Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave yesterday stressed the suspect was off duty at the time of Sarah’s abduction.

Nick Ephgrave yesterday

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PC Couzens is thought to have been a late entrant to the police[/caption]

PC Couzens is thought to have been a late entrant to the police

Couzens’ work with the police saw him protect major public events attended by senior members of the Royal Family[/caption]

He described the officer’s arrest as a “serious and significant development.”

Mr. Ephgrave said: “We will continue to work with all speed on this investigation. But the fact that the arrested man is a serving Metropolitan Police officer is both shocking and deeply disturbing.

“I understand there will be a significant public concern, but the investigative team must be given the time and space to continue their work.”

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards is involved and checking PC Couzens’ duty rosters and work records.

It is understood he spent around ten years as a TA reservist with the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment.

He joined the Met in 2018 after transferring from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC), where he was an authorized firearms officer.

Couzens joined Britain’s nuclear force in 2011 after working at a family business in Dover for around 12 years.

He was initially based at the CNC’s Dungeness site in Kent and also worked on escorts and ­counter-terror duties elsewhere.

PC Couzens is thought to have been a late entrant to the police

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Police search a derelict area in Kent[/caption]

He joined the Met during a recruitment drive for armed police following the 2017 terror attacks.

Couzens had to pass rigorous physical and mental assessments before being accepted.

A former colleague said: “His arrest over Sarah is truly shocking.”

Durham University graduate Sarah comes from a close-knit family. Dad Jeremy, 67, a professor of electronics at York University, and charity worker mum Sue, 64, were being kept updated.

The couple has a son James, who lives in London.

They also have another daughter Katie, who lives in New York.

The couple have a son James, who lives in London.

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Police dogs were driven down to Kent, as police continued their search[/caption]

Police dogs were driven down to Kent, as police continued their search

The search for Sarah has now reached its seventh day[/caption]

The search for Sarah has now reached its seventh day

Sarah was last seen on the night of Wednesday, March 3[/caption]

Sarah’s uncle Nick last night said the family was absolutely distraught over the arrest.

Nick, from Coventry, added: “We know they arrested an armed officer, but we don’t know him. It’s really shocked us all.”

On the night she vanished, Sarah had visited a friend in Leathwaite Road, Clapham.

She left by a back gate at 9 pm for the 50-minute walk back to her flat in Brixton.

Sarah, also seen wearing a white beanie hat and Covid mask, walked across Clapham Common before coming on to the A205 South Circular Road.

 

But until yesterday, the Met continued to stress they were dealing with a missing person inquiry and had no evidence Sarah had come to any harm.

Police are continuing to trawl through CCTV in the Clapham area and have appealed for anyone else with any vehicle dashcam footage to come forward.

Police are continuing to trawl through CCTV

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Sarah’s boyfriend Josh Lowth had voiced his concern about her disappearance[/caption]

Sarah’s boyfriend Josh Lowth had voiced his concern about her disappearance

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CCTV footage shows Sarah may not have returned home[/caption]

CCTV footage shows Sarah may not have returned home

The clothes that Sarah was wearing at the time she disappeared[/caption]

The clothes that Sarah was wearing at the time she disappeared
Missing posters have been issued in the bid to help find Sarah.

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