Sarah Everard disappearance: A police officer has been arrested

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
·2-min read
Photo credit: Met Police
Photo credit: Met Police

From Cosmopolitan

A serving police officer in the Metropolitan Police has been arrested in connection with missing woman Sarah Everard, it's been confirmed.

33-year-old Sarah Everard disappeared last Wednesday evening, 3 March, as she was walking from a friend's house in Clapham, London back to her home in Brixton. The walk should have taken her around 50 minutes, but police say it is "unclear" if Sarah returned to her home address, because she has not been seen or heard from since.

CCTV spotted the woman at approximately 9.30pm walking alone on the A205, which is now her last known location. After a plea to the public for more information, the police have received more than 100 calls and have carried out an extensive investigation, visiting more than 750 homes in the nearby area and searching local open spaces.

Now, it's been announced that an unnamed Met Police officer has been arrested at his home in Kent in connection with Sarah Everard's disappearance. The police have not confirmed whether they're still treating it as a missing person's case.

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin described the arrest as "a significant development" in the inquiry. "This is a fast moving investigation and we are doing everything we can to find Sarah. We have seen an overwhelming response from the public and I repeat my request for anyone with information that may be relevant to come forward, no matter how insignificant it may seem," she said.

Photo credit: Met Police
Photo credit: Met Police

A woman was also arrested at the same address, on suspicion of assisting an offender. Both suspects have been taken into custody at a London police station, where they remain.

The fact the man arrested is a serving police officer has been described as "shocking and deeply disturbing" by Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave. "We will continue to work with all speed on this investigation," he said, adding: "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."

Sarah Everard's family, who have been kept informed of the recent developments in the case, said it was out of character for her to disappear. The Durham University graduate was wearing a green rain jacket, navy trousers with a white diamond pattern, and turquoise and orange trainers when she was last seen. She is also believed to have been wearing green earphones and a white beanie hat on her walk home.

Police 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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