Shock as serving police officer arrested over disappearance of Sarah Everard, 33, one week ago
A serving police officer has been arrested over the disappearance of a woman from London not seen for a week.
The arrest of the Metropolitan Police officer has been described by the force’s Assistant Commissioner, Nick Ephgrave, as ‘shocking and deeply disturbing’.
He was arrested in Kent last night in connection with the disappearance of Sarah Everard, aged 33, who disappeared after leaving a friend’s house in Clapham on Wednesday, March 3.
The police officer was taken into custody at a London police station, where he remains today.
A woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
On the night she disappeared, marketing executive Sarah is thought to have walked through Clapham Common towards her house in Brixton – a journey which should have taken around 50 minutes.
Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin said: “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.”
Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said: "The arrest this evening is a serious and significant development. We will continue to work with all speed on this investigation but the fact that the arrested man is a serving Metropolitan Police officer is both shocking and deeply disturbing.
“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.”