Sarah Everard missing latest – Met Police armed officer Wayne Couzens, 48, arrested over her disappearance in London

Sarah Everard missing latest – Met Police armed officer Wayne Couzens, 48, arrested over her disappearance in London

A SERVING police officer has been arrested in the hunt to find missing Sarah Everard.

The 33-year-old vanished while walking home from a friend's house after 9pm last Wednesday and hasn't been seen or heard from since.

Police last night revealed a serving police officer had been arrested at an address in Kent in connection with Sarah's disappearance, and he remains in custody.

Today it was revealed the officer is 48-year-old armed policeman Wayne Couzens who The Sun can reveal served in Westminster.

The Met said a woman had also been arrested at the same location on suspicion of assisting an offender and also remains in custody at a London police station.

Sarah left her pal's house about 9pm last Wednesday and should have returned home to nearby Brixton around 50 minutes later.

The search for missing Sarah continues a week after her disappearance on Wednesday night.

Following last night's arrest, Met Police and specialist teams began searching secluded wooded areas on the outskirts of Deal, Kent.

Specialist teams were seen combing through the area while police dogs were also brought in as part of the hunt.

Sarah was last seen walking alone on a doorbell camera on the Poynders Road section of the South Circular – about halfway between her friend's house and her own flat.

Detectives searching for the missing marketing executive earlier cordoned off a main road to search a housing complex close to where Sarah's phone last pinged.

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

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PICTURED

    A forensic tent has been set up outside a home in Kent while police investigate.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    COP ARRESTED

    Prime suspect Wayne Couzens was arrested at his home in Kent, last night.

    PC Couzens is thought to have been a late entrant to the police, joining around 10 years after previously working at a family garage repairs business in Dover.

    David Ladd, 48, said he saw Couzens bundled into a police car under arrest with handcuffs on last night.

    He told The Sun: “He was escorted into the back of a police car.”

    A woman – believed to be the cop's partner – was also been arrested at the same location on suspicion of assisting an offender. She remains in custody.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    BREAKING

    This is the serving Met Police officer who has been arrested over the disappearance of Sarah Everard, The Sun can today reveal.

    Wayne Couzens, 48, is in police custody after the 33-year-old went missing last week as she walked home from a friend's house in Clapham, south west London.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LONDON'S MAYOR SENDS THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO SARAH'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS

    Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "First and foremost I think all of our thoughts would be with Sarah's family, her parents and her siblings and her friends.

    "It must be awful for them, they are in our thoughts and prayers. Actually Sarah went missing from near to where I live and we've seen, my wife and daughters walking around, the posters her friends have put up and it's heart-breaking, it's heart-wrenching."

    He said he is in regular contact with the Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick about the investigation.

    Mr Khan added: "It is now in the public domain that a serving Met Police officer has been arrested.

    "One of the things that this confirms that actually our police service, when it comes to keeping the public safe, when it comes to investigating crime, they work in a situation that is without fear or favour. They will follow the investigation to wherever it takes."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LONDON LOCALS 'WORRIED' OVER SARAH'S DISAPPEARANCE

    Alarmed locals have now revealed police have urged them to be vigilant after the mysterious disappearance.

    Women admitted they were scared to leave home — as police seeking missing Sarah feared a kidnapper was at large.

    One said cops knocked on her door last night and warned her "not to go out alone" as they desperately try to piece together what happened.

    Another woman, aged in her 30s, told The Sun Online: “I was told to be more careful because I live on my own. 

    “The police came round yesterday and said to be careful. I don’t want to leave the house at the moment. You don’t know what happened. It makes me very worried. I just can’t believe it.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    FAMILY'S PLEA

    Sarah's distraught family fear "bad people approached her" as her "very worried" boyfriend issued a desperate plea.

    Her uncle Nick Everard has now revealed the family are "absolutely distraught" and say the pain is "getting worse as the days go on".

    He told the Evening Standard: "I don’t know London well but I fear there could have been some bad people about who approached her.

    "The family are searching with Sarah’s friends who have been absolutely amazing."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PHONE SWITCHED OFF

    Sarah’s family reveal her phone is off and she is not receiving messages.

    Her uncle Nick Everard says this is “out of character” for Sarah.

    He added: “She didn’t have any troubles and was fit and healthy. She was happy, she had just started a new job and she had a boyfriend,” he said.

    “She is a lovely person. She would never just take time out without contacting her family. It would be completely out of character.

    “Her mobile phone is not ringing and she’s not received any WhatsApp messages we’ve been sending her.”

     

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    UBER ASSISTING POLICE WITH SEARCH

    Uber is using smartphone software to pinpoint which of its drivers were in the area when Sarah vanished.

    Tracking data is helping to identify if any of the tech giant's 45,000 London cabbies were close to the South Circular Road in Clapham.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PICTURED

    Police dogs accompany officers search for Sarah on the outskirts of Deal in Kent last night.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SPECIALIST TEAMS DEPLOYED LAST NIGHT

    Last night, Met Police and specialist teams began searching secluded wooded areas on the outskirts of Deal, Kent.

    Specialist teams were seen combing through the area while police dogs were also brought in as part of the hunt.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SARAH'S FAMILY HAVE BEEN INFORMED OVER LATEST EVELOPMENT

    The Directorate of Professional Standards is aware and Sarah's family has been kept updated of these developments, police said.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WOMEN ARRESTED ALONGSIDE MET POLICE OFFICER

    The Met said a woman had also been arrested at the same location on suspicion of assisting an offender and also remains in custody at a London police station.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ARREST IS SERIOUS AND SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT SAYS ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER

    Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said last night: "The arrest this evening is a serious and significant development.

    "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 significant public concern but it is essential that the investigative team are given the time and space to continue their work."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SARAH ARREST

    A serving Metropolitan Police officer was last night arrested in connection with the disappearance of Sarah Everard.

    The 33-year-old vanished while walking home from a friend's house in Clapham, south west London, a week ago.

    Sarah left her pal's house about 9pm last Wednesday and should have returned home to nearby Brixton around 50 minutes later but she has not been seen since.

    Police last night revealed a police officer had been arrested at an address in Kent in connection with Sarah's disappearance, and he remains in custody.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    MAP OF SARAH'S LAST KNOWN LOCATIONS

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    HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT SARAH'S DISAPPEARANCE?

    Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting CAD 3309/06MAR.

    Information can also be provided anonymously by calling the Missing People charity on 116 000.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PHONE SWITCHED OFF

    Sarah's family reveal her phone is off and she is not receiving messages.

    Her uncle Nick Everard says this is "out of character" for Sarah.

    He added: “She didn't have any troubles and was fit and healthy. She was happy, she had just started a new job and she had a boyfriend," he said.

    “She is a lovely person. She would never just take time out without contacting her family. It would be completely out of character.

    “Her mobile phone is not ringing and she’s not received any WhatsApp messages we’ve been sending her."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    HER LAST SIGHTING

    Police reveal fresh CCTV images of Sarah on the journey.

    It shows her at the junction of Poynders Road and Cavendish Road at around 9.30pm, heading in the direction of Tulse Hill.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CALL WITH BOYFRIEND

    Sarah is on the phone to her boyfriend for around 15 minutes just before 9.30pm.

    Her friend Rose Woollard said her phone signal was picked up last near Clarence Avenue.

    This is between her home and where she left her pal's home.

    Her other uncle Doug Everard says: "She was in touch with her boyfriend on a call and that is the last contact."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SARAH'S FINAL MOVEMENTS

    Sarah begins walking the 50-minute journey back to her home in nearby Brixton.

    The marketing manager is believed to have walked across Clapham Common.

    Her uncle Nick Everard describes her as a "bright young woman, very sensible" who had lived in London "for a long time so I imagine was very streetwise".

  • John Hall

    NEW HUNT IN DEAL, KENT

    The Met said a woman had also been arrested at the same location on suspicion of assisting an offender and also remains in custody at a London police station.

    The Directorate of Professional Standards is aware and Sarah's family has been kept updated of these developments, police said.

    Last night, Met Police and specialist teams began searching secluded wooded areas on the outskirts of Deal, Kent.

    Specialist teams were seen combing through the area while police dogs were also brought in as part of the hunt.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SARAH'S DISAPPEARANCE

    The mysterious disappearance of a 33-year-old who vanished as she walked home has left police and distraught family baffled.

    Sarah Everard vanished after leaving a friend's home in Clapham, South West London, on March 3.

    She should have arrived back home in Brixton around 50 minutes later but the marketing manager has not been since.

  • John Hall

    COP ARRESTED

    Sarah left her pal's house about 9pm last Wednesday and should have returned home to nearby Brixton around 50 minutes later but she has not been seen since.

    Police last night revealed a police officer had been arrested at an address in Kent in connection with Sarah's disappearance, and he remains in custody.

    Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said last night: "The arrest this evening is a serious and significant development.

    "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 significant public concern but it is essential that the investigative team are given the time and space to continue their work."

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