Met police officer arrested on suspicion of murder after disappearance of Sarah Everard – BBC News

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a serving metropolitan police officer has been arrested on suspicion of Murder following the disappearance of a woman in south london a week ago sarah everard who was 33 was making her way home from a friend’s house the metropolitan police commissioner dame cressida dick revealed tonight that what appear to be human remains have been found near ashford in kent but those remains have not yet been identified dame cressida said that the news that the man arrested was one of her officers had sent shock waves and anger throughout the force let’s have this report from our special correspondent lucy manning sarah everett described by her family as amazing lovely fantastic for a week they clung on to hope she would be found alive off this beaten track surrounded by woodland police searched all day as one of their own colleagues sat in police custody on suspicion of her Murder and kidnap this evening detectives and search teams investigating sarah’s disappearance have found very sadly what appears to be human remains the discovery was made in an area of woodland in ashford in kent the news today that it was a metropolitan police officer who was arrested on suspicion of sarah’s Murder has sent shock waves and anger through the public and through the met sarah everard was last seen a week ago walking from a friend’s house in south london to her house as many women do on many nights out walking alone she didn’t make it home the police officer under arrest is in his 40s his house in deal in kent was also searched police removing a car he was a diplomatic protection officer but instead of protecting embassies he’s facing questions about a possible Murder a woman was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender about four o’clock in the morning i heard car doors banging because i just assumed it was like um night workers they you know people going to bed go to work and then i just saw some activity with police down there sarah a marketing executive had been at her friend’s house on leithwaite road close to clapham common in south london she left there at around nine in the evening to return to her home in brixton an hour’s walk away police believe she made her way across clapham common this footage from a doorbell camera showed sarah on poinders road at around 9 30.

It’s the last time she was seen her family still want people to come forward to help the police with anything they saw that night the policeman arrested was scotland yard said off-duty at the time of her disappearance and it’s not known if he was or wasn’t connected in any way to sarah she was just 33 years old just enjoying london life then walking home how could that end here where the week-long agony of her family is only intensified when a woman disappears after walking home alone so many people women especially hold their breaths hoping that that person will be found it seems tonight after the searches in these isolated dark fields that everything sarah’s family willed for their hope that she would be found it seems that that has not been possible it was an ashen-faced commissioner of the metropolitan police now leading a Murder inquiry where the main suspect is one of her own officers lucy many thanks again for the latest there in ked lucy manning our special correspondent just to recap in her statement this evening the metropolitan police commissioner dame krastadic said that londoners should know it was incredibly rare in her words for a woman to be abducted from the capital streets and she said her thoughts very much were with sarah everard’s family let’s go to scotland yard and our home affairs correspondent daniel sanford daniel what’s the latest that you have for us there well first of all i think there is an urgent sense here of a need to reassure the people of london that it is extremely rare for people to be abducted by strangers rare is still for there to be an abduction that turns into a possible Murder and of course if a police officer is involved that would essentially be unique the other word that’s being used around here this evening as well as reassurance and shock is betrayal because although this investigation could take another path after all nobody has yet been charged if it does turn out that a police officer has been involved then there will be a very strong sense of betrayal from the very top of this organization down to the rank and file a sense that they will have been portrayed and that the people of london above all would have been portrayed because they feel a deep sense of pride that their job is to protect the people of london and now here’s one of their own officers suspected of doing the exact opposite in the worst possible way daniel many thanks daniel sanford home affairs correspondent there at scotland yard

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