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Police Officer Wayne Couzens Charged With Kidnap And Murder Of Sarah Everard

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Police Officer Wayne Couzens Charged With Kidnap And Murder Of Sarah Everard

Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens has been charged with the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard.

The 48-year-old is set to appear at Westminster Magistrates' court tomorrow.

Thirty-three-year-old Everard disappeared after walking home from a friend's house.

The Met Police have said Couzens was not on duty at the time of Sarah's disappearance.

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Rosemary Ainslie, Head of Special Crime at the CPS, said: "Following a referral of evidence by the Metropolitan Police related to the death of Sarah Everard, the CPS has authorised the police to charge Wayne Couzens with murder and kidnapping.

"He will appear at Westminster magistrates' court tomorrow (13 March) for his first hearing.

"The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges to a court to consider.

"Criminal proceedings are now active and nothing should be published that could jeopardise the defendant's right to a fair trial."

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Earlier today, police confirmed that remains discovered in Ashford, Kent, were Sarah's.

Speaking outside New Scotland Yard, Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said earlier today: "As you know, on Wednesday evening detectives investigating the disappearance of Sarah Everard discovered a body secreted in woodland in Kent.

"The body has now been recovered and formal identification procedure has now been undertaken."

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Sarah's heartbroken family yesterday released a statement, in which they said: "Our beautiful daughter Sarah was taken from us and we are appealing for any information that will help to solve this terrible crime.

"Sarah was bright and beautiful - a wonderful daughter and sister. 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.

"We would like to thank our friends and family for all their support during this awful time and we would especially like to thank Sarah's friends who are working tirelessly to help.

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"We are so grateful to the police and would like to thank them for all they are doing. We are now pleading for additional help from the public.

"Please come forward and speak to the police if you have any information. No piece of information is too insignificant. Thank you."

Alongside Couzens, Met Police also arrested a woman in her 30s, on suspicion of assisting an offender, she has since been released on bail to return to a police station on a date in mid-April.

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Topics: UK News, crime

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