Key Sarah Everard evidence ‘held up as Transport for London is closed weekends’

Key evidence in the case of Sarah Everard's disappearance and death allegedly took days to secure because Transport for London (TfL) is closed at the weekend, reports say.

It is reported footage from a bus that showed the marketing manager walking down the main road between Clapham and Brixton was a breakthrough in the case.

But according to The Times, the video took days to secure because TfL offices were closed last weekend.

A spokesperson for TfL declined to comment, describing the allegation as "untrue" and a "non-story".

Sarah was last seen on March 3 after leaving a friend's house in Clapham to walk home to Brixton in South London.

The journey should have taken about 50 minutes but along the way, Sarah "vanished into thin air."

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A police probe saw cops combing through South London to find a trace of Sarah, before arresting one of their own serving officers, Wayne Couzens, 48.

After cops descended on his house in Deal, Kent, the search for Sarah was expanded to the Kent area.

On Wednesday night, human remains were found at an abandoned paintball site in Ashford. They were later confirmed to be Sarah.

It emerged on Thursday that the camera on the bus sparked a major development in the investigation.

Couzens has been charged with kidnapping and murdering Sarah.

Appearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court this morning, he spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, March 16.

Since Sarah's body was discovered, her family has paid tribute to the "bright and beautiful" 33-year-old.

A family statement said: "She was kind and thoughtful, caring and dependable. She always put others first and had the most amazing sense of humour.

"She was strong and principled and a shining example to us all.

"We are very proud of her and she brought so much joy to our lives."

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