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The police officer arrested over Sarah Everard’s disappearance has been pictured – and previously provided protection for the royals, it has been reported.
Wayne Couzens, 48, was the serving police officer arrested at a property in Kent on Tuesday, March 9, on suspicion of murder, according to reports.
And on Wednesday, March 10, the Met confirmed he was rearrested on suspicion of murder and indecent exposure.
Another woman, said to be his partner, was arrested at the same location on suspicion of assisting an offender.
PC Couzens reportedly joined the force around 10 years ago and offered protection at public events attended by Royal Family members.
His stepmum Corrine Couzens told The Sun: "I'm aware of what's happening."
Kent Live later reported that the suspect had been named locally as Wayne Couzens.
Pamela Cane, 77, said: "I don't know them personally but my husband used to talk to him and as far as I know he was a lovely man, a lovely family.
"I was quite alarmed when I saw all the police last night because I didn't know what was happening.
"But I knew it was quite a big deal because of all the police.”
Neighbour David Ladd, 48, added: "When I came home at about 10.10pm there was a cordon of unmarked police cars here. The police were all over the house and basically they arrested two people.
"I’m a bit shocked. The only reason I ever spoke to him was because he had motorbikes."
On Wednesday, March 10, police investigating the 33-year-old’s disappearance were pictured outside a property in Deal, Kent.
A blue tent was set up outside and a car was taken away from out front.
Officers were earlier searching woods just outside Ashford.
Sarah has not been seen or heard from since she left her friend's house in Clapham, south London, at around 9pm on Wednesday, March 3.
Nick Ephgrave, Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, this morning confirmed the officer was not on duty at the time Sarah went missing – though he did not identify them.
Asked if he believed Sarah might still be alive, the officer responded: "We are searching as hard as we can to find Sarah so we really hope that is the case, of course."
She left Leathwaite Road at around 9pm on Wednesday, March 3, to the A205 South Circular and is thought to have walked through Clapham Common toward her house in Brixton in a journey which should have taken around 50 minutes, Scotland Yard said.
A fresh CCTV image – understood to have been discovered on a private doorbell-type camera – captured Sarah walking alone along the A205 Poynders road, from the junction at Cavendish Road, toward Tulse Hill, which lies just south of Brixton.
It appears to suggest she walked through Clapham Common and was walking towards her home, although the force said it is unclear whether she did return to her house.
Sarah was last seen wearing a green rain jacket, navy blue trousers with a white diamond pattern, and turquoise and orange trainers.
She is thought to have been wearing green earphones and a white beanie hat.
- Sarah Everard
- Missing Person
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