Met Police Say Officer's Arrest After Sarah Everard Disappearance Is 'Shocking And Deeply Disturbing'
Police have described the arrest of a serving officer in connection with the disappearance of Sarah Everard as ‘shocking and deeply disturbing’.
The 33-year-old was last seen in Clapham at about 9.30pm on 3 March and a man in Kent was arrested yesterday (Tuesday) evening.
A woman has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave told the press: “This is a serious and significant development in our search for Sarah.
“The fact that the arrested man is a serving Metropolitan Police officer is both shocking and deeply disturbing. I recognise the significant concern this will cause.
“It’s really important that the investigation team are given the space and time to find Sarah, adn they’re working at full speed to do so.
“I would also like to thank all members of the public who have come forward since we made our appeal to give information.
“Every piece of information is important to us, and I would reissue that request now, [for] anyone who thinks they may know anything about Sarah’s disappearance to come forward.
“As a father myself to four young women, I can only imagine the anguish that Sarah’s family are feeling at this very, very difficult time.
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“My thought and prayers, and those of the entire organisation, are with them now.”
Sarah was walking home from a friend’s house when she was last seen – a journey that should have taken 50 minutes.
Her family said it was ‘totally out of character’ for her to go missing.
Sarah – who is originally from York and attended Durham University – was last seen wearing a green rain jacket, navy blue trousers with a white diamond pattern, and turquoise and orange trainers.
Speaking about the arrests, Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin said in a statement: “This is a significant development in our 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.”