Sarah Everard missing latest – Met Police armed officer Wayne Couzens, 48, arrested on suspicion of murder and kidnap

A SERVING Met Police officer has been arrested on suspicion of murder and kidnap in the hunt for missing Sarah Everard.

Wayne Couzens, a 48-year-old father-of-two, is a Met Police armed diplomatic protection officer stationed in Westminster and was arrested at his home in Kent last night.

His work saw him provide protection at major public events attended by senior members of the Royal Family.

Met Police this afternoon confirmed a serving officer was arrested last night on suspicion of kidnap and was further arrested on suspicion of murder and a separate allegation of indecent exposure.

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

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

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.

Following Couzen'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.

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

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SRAH'S FAMIYL LEFT 'TOTALLY BAFFLED' AFTER COPS ARREST

    Sarah Everard's family has been left "totally baffled" after a serving Westminster cop was arrested over her disappearance.

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

    Sarah's uncle Nick Everard told The Sun Online: "We know they arrested an armed officer but we don't know him.

    "It’s really shocked us all.

    “We’re just waiting for some more information to come through.

    “We are hoping and praying she is found alive. I’m in constant contact with my brother and police are keeping him informed.”

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    COP ARRESTED

    Wayne Couzens has been arrested on suspicion of murder and kidnap over the disappearance of Sarah Everard.

    Dad-of-two Couzens, 48, is in 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

    CONTINUED

    His farm is located almost three miles to the south-west of the Great Chart Golf and Leisure complex, where police can be seen. Mr Batt said he had not seen any suspicious activity in the area.

    Police have closed off Fridd Lane, which is west of the golf course and borders a wooded area.

    A 69-year-old woman, who lives near Fridd Lane, said police arrived around midnight.

    The woman, who did not want to be named, said: "Police cars were turning around in our yard and then a helicopter came over about 3am or 4am.

    "We just thought they were looking for someone. They didn't speak to us."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    POLICE SEARCHED FORMER KENT GOLF COURSE SAYS LOCAL RESIDENTS

    Police looking for missing woman Sarah Everard began searching the area around a former Kent golf course overnight, according to local residents.

    Retired farmer Derek Batt, 72, of Fridd Farm, located north of the village of Bethersden, said officers visited his property late on Tuesday.

    He said: "They visited last night and had a look around. They said they were investigating a missing person. I said 'is it Sarah that I have seen on TV?' and she (the officer) said 'yes'."

  • Joseph Gamp

    POLICE VANS SEEN OUTSIDE KENT GOLF COURSE AS SARAH EVERARD SEARCH CONTINUES

    Police vans could be seen outside a Kent golf course as the search for missing woman Sarah Everard continued.

    At least five police vans and multiple officers were outside the Great Chart Golf and Leisure complex in Bear's Lane, west of Ashford.

    A cordon was in place outside the complex, which appeared to be closed, preventing the press and public from entering.

    Police had also blocked access to nearby Fridd Lane, located to the west of the golf course.

  • Joseph Gamp

    BORIS JOHNSON'S THOUGHTS 'ARE WITH THE FAMILY OF SARAH EVERARD', SAYS NO.10

    Boris Johnson's thoughts are with missing woman Sarah Everard and her friends and family, Downing Street has said.

    The Prime Minister's official spokesman told a Westminster briefing: "As investigations are ongoing on this case I can't comment.

    "But the Prime Minister's thoughts are with Sarah and her friends and family."

  • Joseph Gamp

    FINGERTIP SEARCH

    Sarah was last seen on Wednesday night – seen 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.

    Officers carried out fingertip searches, while divers and sniffer dogs checked ponds and drains in the area.

    And police have appealed for motorists who may have driving near her route home to send in their dash-cam footage.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER: ARREST OF OFFICER 'SHOCKING AND DEEPLY DISTURBING'

    Speaking this morning, Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said "we really hope" Sarah is still alive as the hunt continued.

    He confirmed the officer who had been arrested had not been on duty with the 33-year-old disappeared – but refused to confirm what charge the cop had been arrested on suspicion of.

    AC 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."

  • Joseph Gamp

    MAP OF SARAH’S LAST KNOWN LOCATIONS

  • Joseph Gamp

    PC COUZENS WAS 'ESCORTED INTO THE BACK OF A POLICE CAR' SAYS NEIGHBOUR

    Neighbour 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.”

    Cops are now standing guard at a Kent home with a forensic tent set up outside, with a car seized from the home.

    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.

    Corrine Couzens, Wayne’s step-mother, told The Sun she couldn't comment but added: "I'm aware of what's happening."

  • Joseph Gamp

    POLICE INVESTIGATION 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

    POLICE REMOVE CARS FROM ADDRESS IN DEAL

    Police have removed multiple cars from an address in Deal, Kent, as inquiries continue, a neighbour has said.

    Matt Mullan, 29, told PA: "Last night there was police cars outside all night.

    "I thought this is a bit strange, not normal for round here.

    "It was about 8-9pm there was heavy traffic out there and there has been police cars outside all morning.

    "It's very surprising, definitely not what you expect to see."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    POLICE ERECT METAL FENCE AROUND SCENE AS INQUIRIES CONTINUE

    Police are erecting a metal fence around the scene at a property in Deal, Kent, as inquiries continue.

    Two officers remain outside the perimeter while construction of the fence continues.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR ABOUT SARAH'S DISAPPEARANCE

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    SARAH'S BOYFRIEND SAYS HE SPOKE TO HER 15 MINUTES BEFORE SHE WENT MISSING

    Sarah's boyfriend Josh Lowth, who spoke to Sarah on the phone for around 15 minutes before she vanished, has appealed for information on Facebook.

    He wrote: "Sarah is still missing. Please share this post to help us to find her. Today, more than ever, we miss our strong, beautiful friend."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER SAYS ARREST IS 'SERIOUS AND SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENT'

    AC 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

    COUZENS POLICE CAREER

    The Sun can today reveal Wayne Couzens, an armed officer based in Westminster, was arrested at his Kent home last night.

    His work saw him provide protection at major public events attended by senior members of the Royal Family.

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

  • 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.

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