Sarah Everard suspect probed over ‘indecent exposure’ 3 days before she vanished

An investigation has been launched into the Met’s handling of an indecent exposure report in the days before Sarah Everard’s disappearance.

The police watchdog has launched a probe into officers’ response to a report of indecent exposure at a south London fast food restaurant.

The independent investigation will focus on whether Met officers responded appropriately to the report.

It follows a series of referrals linked to the arrest of a serving Met cop who is being on suspicion of the murder and kidnap of Miss Everard.

Wayne Couzens, 48, is suspected of the 33-year-old marketing executive’s murder.

Miss Everard vanished last Wednesday as she walked home to Brixton from a pal’s house in Clapham, south London.

Police last night confirmed search teams had found human remains in woodland in Ashford, Kent.

They had not yet confirmed the identity of the remains, with officers saying the process is likely to take some time.

Couzens, a member of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, continues to be held in London.

A woman in her 30s has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender in connection with Miss Everard’s disappearance.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said the investigation followed a conduct referral from the Met in relation to two officers, received on Wednesday.

The watchdog said the referral was linked to another four, “all connected to the arrest of a serving MPS officer on suspicion of kidnap, murder and a separate allegation of indecent exposure”.

In a statement, the IOPC said: “Our investigation will look at the actions of the MPS after police received a report on February 28 that a man had exposed himself at a fast food restaurant in South London.

“On Wednesday we determined that two conduct referrals relating to kidnap/murder and indecent exposure allegations against the arrested officer should remain under local investigation by the force.

“We are still assessing a mandatory referral in relation to the actions of police after they received a report that Sarah Everard was missing.”

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The IOPC added a mandatory referral was received from the Met on Thursday in relation to police contact with the arrested officer who was treated in hospital after sustaining a head injury while in custody on Wednesday, which is being assessed to determine what further action may be required.

The Met confirmed earlier tonight that Couzens had been taken to hospital on Wednesday with head injuries sustained in custody, and had since been returned to the cells.

The force said it was “offering every assistance” to the IOPC.