Metropolitan Police Officer Arrested For Kidnap & Murder Of 33-Year-Old Sarah Everard

A serving Met Police officer has been charged with the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard, who disappeared as she walked home in south London.

The 33-year-old’s body was found in woodland in Kent more than a week after she was last spotted on 3 March.

Wayne Couzens, 48, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday charged with her murder.

Durham University has paid tribute to Ms Everard, describing her as a “beloved graduate”.

Ms Everard was last seen walking alone down a main road in Clapham at 21:30 GMT, with police saying it was unclear whether she reached her home in Brixton.

Her body was found by police searching woodland near Ashford, Kent, on Wednesday.

Met Police Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said Ms Everard’s family had been “informed of this development and remain supported by specialist officers”.

“I would like at this stage to pay tribute to Sarah’s family for their fortitude and forbearance through what can only have been the most intensely difficult few days, our thoughts remain with them as this matter progresses,” he said.

“The investigation continues, of course, supported by hundreds of officers from across the Met, as well as colleagues in Kent Police.”