The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, has announced there will be a noticeably strong police presence on the streets to reassure women who have been left feeling terrified following the disappearance of Sarah Everard.
News broke last night that officers investigating the whereabouts of the missing 33-year-old, who has not been seen since she set off on a walk home from a friend's house on Wednesday 3 March, had found "what appears to be human remains." They are yet to be identified, but the discovery was made in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent.
A police officer serving in the Metropolitan Police has been arrested in connection with the missing persons case, on suspicion of murder. He is currently being held in a London police station, along with a woman who was arrested at the same address on suspicion of assisting an offender.
In a statement last night, perhaps in a bid to reassure fearful women who have been affected by this terribly sad case, Cressida Dick said: "I know Londoners will want to know that it is thankfully incredibly rare for a woman to be abducted from our streets. But I completely understand that despite this, women in London and the wider public - particularly those in the area where Sarah went missing - will be worried and may well be feeling scared."
She added: "You should expect to see continued high levels of police patrols in that area as well as very significant investigative activity."
Sarah Everard disappeared on Wednesday evening last week when she embarked upon a walk from Clapham, London back to her home in Brixton. It should have taken her around 50 minutes, but she has not been seen or heard from since.
Following yesterday's sad discovery of human remains, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said her "thoughts and prayers are with Sarah Everard’s family and her friends at this very difficult and painful time." The senior police officer added that specialist officers have been sent to Sarah’s family to update them on the investigation and to provide them with much-needed support. "Sarah’s disappearance in these awful and wicked circumstances is every family’s worst nightmare," she said.
The fact that it is a Metropolitan Police officer who has been arrested on suspicion of Sarah’s murder has "sent waves of shock and anger through the public and through the whole of the Met," said Cressida Dick last night. "I speak on behalf of all my colleagues in the Met when I say we are utterly appalled at this dreadful news. Our job is to patrol the streets and to protect people."
Police continue to invite anyone who has seen Sarah or who has information that may assist the investigation to call the Incident Room on 0208 785 8244, or via the Major Incident Portal.
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