Published: Wed, March 10, 2021

Sarah Everard: Serving Metropolitan Police Officer Arrested

Sarah Everard: Serving Metropolitan Police Officer Arrested

Police have described the arrest of a serving officer in connection with the disappearance of Sarah Everard as "shocking and deeply disturbing".

The UK has been gripped by the disappearance of Sarah Everard - who vanished while walking home from a friend's house in southwest London, six nights ago.

The newest development has seen a Metropolitan Police Officer arrested over her disappearance in what the force is calling a "serious and significant development". A woman at the same location was arrested on suspicion of assisting the alleged offender.

Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave spoke to journalists outside Scotland Yard on Wednesday 10 March.

He said the fact a serving police officer had been detained was both "shocking and deeply disturbing", and the force was working at "speed" to find Ms Everard.

Police have launched an extensive investigation to find Everard, with officers searching streets and nearby areas on her route home.

Superintendent Kris Wright, from the Met's Central South Area Command Unit which covers Clapham, said: "I know that Sarah's disappearance is weighing on people's minds and the local community is, of course, concerned about her and may even feel anxious".

Speaking about the arrests, Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin said in a statement: "This is a significant development in our inquiry". The officer has been taken into custody at a London police station. It normally would've taken her around 50 minutes to arrive home, reports said.

On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Police said the man, who is in his 40s and is part of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, was being questioned over suspected kidnap and murder.

In an earlier statement, Ms Everard's family said: "With every day that goes by we are getting more anxious about Sarah". I'm also asking delivery drivers or anyone with dashcam footage who would have been in the Poynders Road area at approximately 21:30hrs on Wednesday to come forward.

A cordon has been put in place on the A205, near the Poynders Court housing complex in the Clapham area.

Footage from a doorbell camera shows Ms Everard walking along the A205 Poynders Road at about 9.30pm.

"I want them to know that they should expect to see more police officers on patrol in the area as we continue to search for Sarah and talk with the community".

Ms Everard's family are being updated on the rapidly evolving situation.

Everard was last seen wearing a green rain jacket, navy trousers with a white diamond pattern, and turquoise and orange joggers.

The appearance was around 11.30pm local time, half an hour after she left a friend's home to walk home to Brixton.

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