Sarah Everard news latest – Wayne Couzens remanded in custody after appearing in court on murder and kidnap charges

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13 Mar 2021, 23:13Updated: 13 Mar 2021, 23:13

WAYNE Couzens will appear at the Old Bailey next week after being remanded in custody on kidnap and murder charges following the death of Sarah Everard.

The gun cop, who joined the Met Police in 2018, appeared in the dock in person at Westminster Magistrates' Court this morning.

Flanked by two police officers, Couzens sat with his head in his hands while wearing a grey jumper. He was remanded in custody to next appear at the Old Bailey on March 16.

The 33-year-old had been walking home from Clapham last week when she vanished sparking a huge manhunt.

Armed cop Wayne Couzens, 48, has also been arrested over a separate incident of indecent exposure.

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KEIR STARMER AND SADIQ KHAN CRITICISE MET POLICE HANDLING OF SARAH EVERARD VIGIL

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the scenes were "unacceptable", tweeting: "The police have a responsibility to enforce Covid laws but from images I've seen it's clear the response was at times neither appropriate nor proportionate."

Mr Khan said that he was in contact with Met Commissioner Cressida Dick and was "urgently seeking an explanation", while Liberal Democrats leader Sir Ed Davey called on her to resign.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer described the scenes as "deeply disturbing".

"Women came together to mourn Sarah Everard - they should have been able to do so peacefully," he tweeted.

"I share their anger and upset at how this has been handled. This was not the way to police this protest."

SARAH EVERARD VIGIL: PATEL ASKS MET FOR EXPLANATION AFTER 'UPSETTING' CLASHES

Home Secretary Priti Patel says she has asked for a "full report" from the Metropolitan Police after officers clashed with some of those in attendance at a London vigil in memory of Sarah Everard.

While the event in Clapham, south London, was largely peaceful, scuffles broke out at the front of a crowd of hundreds as police surrounded a bandstand covered in floral tributes to the 33-year-old.

At one stage, male officers could be seen grabbing hold of several women before leading them away in handcuffs, to shouts and screams from onlookers.

In response, the crowd chanted "shame on you", while during another confrontation a distressed woman could be heard telling officers "you're supposed to protect us".

The Home Secretary described footage of the clashes as "upsetting", adding: "I have asked the Metropolitan Police for a full report on what happened."

PRITI PATEL ASKS FOR FULL REPORT FROM MET POLICE AMID SARAH EVERARD VIGIL CRITICISM

Home Secretary Priti Patel has said she has asked the Metropolitan Police Service for a "full report" on what happened amid criticism of its handling of a London vigil in memory of Sarah Everard.

ED DAVEY SAYS POLICING OF CLAPHAM COMMON VIGIL 'DISGRACEFUL'

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey has called for Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick to "consider" her leadership of the force.

In a letter to the Commissioner, he wrote: "The scenes this evening of the policing of the Clapham Common vigil in memory of Sarah Everard are utterly disgraceful and shame the Metropolitan Police.

"The vigil this evening was a peaceful one brought together in the most horrific of circumstances.

"Across the country, countless women have told their own painful stories of harassment and abuse. Your officers should have been standing in solidarity with those on Clapham Common tonight not being ordered to disrupt this display of grief and peaceful protest. This was a complete abject tactical and moral failure on the part of the Police.

"We therefore call on you to consider your leadership of the service and whether you can continue to have the confidence of the millions of women in London that you have a duty to safeguard and protect."

COPS CLASH WITH CROWDS AT SARAH EVERARD VIGIL AS UGLY SCENES SEE MOURNERS DRAGGED OFF CLAPHAM COMMON

TEARFUL mourners have clashed with cops after flocking to the Sarah Everard vigil on Clapham Common this evening.

Scenes turned ugly as police arrested and removed people who had gathered around the bandstand and candle-lit shrine to pay their respects.

Protesters chanted "you go home" at cops as one woman addressed the crowd through a megaphone. There were angry scenes as officers moved in to arrest a protester on the bandstand.

Loud cheers were heard as cops sprinted away from the crowds, as dozens of officers with batons slung at their sides made their way towards waiting vans.

Cops formed a circle as dozens of protesters swarmed around them. A squad of officers led the detained man away from the area but were surrounded by an angry mob.

KATE MIDDLETON VISITS CLAPHAM COMMON TO PAY TRIBUTE TO SARAH EVERARD

Kate Middleton visits Clapham Common to pay tribute to Sarah Everard

CALL TO 'DO MORE TO TACKLE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN' AS SARAH EVERARD HONOURED

Campaigners have called for more to be done to tackle violence against women as an online vigil was held in memory of Sarah Everard. A minute's silence was held and candles were lit during the virtual event, after planned vigils across the UK were cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.

Despite the cancellation of an event in Clapham, south London, near to where Ms Everard disappeared, hundreds of people still gathered on Clapham Common at around 6pm on Saturday.

Opening the online event, hosted by Feminists of London, television presenter Sandi Toksvig said Ms Everard's death should be a "turning point".

"Tomorrow is Mother's Day. Never have I felt more passionately concerned about my kids. It surely cannot be asking too much to want them simply to be free, to walk where they like, when they like.

"I am filled in equal measure with profound sorrow and rage, and I know there are many who share this rage and I think it is entirely justifiable. But I also know that it will harm rather than help us if we don't try and direct that anger to good purpose."

SARAH EVERARD VIGIL: THOUSANDS ATTEND CLAPHAM COMMON WITH CROWDS SHOUTING ‘SHAME ON YOU’ AS COPS TRY TO SHUT IT DOWN

Thousands of tearful mourners have flocked to the Sarah Everard vigil on Clapham Common this evening.

Crowds have ignored police pleas to stay away and gathered around the bandstand to pay their respects - as women were seen lifting their lighters in unison and holding placards as they stood in solidarity with the 33-year-old.

A further 31 vigils were also due to take place at 6pm in cities across the UK - including Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Belfast and Cardiff.

But the Met Police moved to ban the event due to Covid restrictions with other forces following suit. Chants of "the sisters united will never be defeated" rang out in Clapham Common as protesters gathered from the bandstand. 

One woman told the crowd: "The streets are ours," while a banner written in Spanish was unfurled reading "your indifference and  silence kills as well."

SARAH EVERARD VIGIL: LABOUR MP LAYS FLOWERS AT CLAPHAM COMMON BANDSTAND

Labour MP for Streatham Bell Ribeiro-Addy tweeted: "On today's walk, I laid flowers at Clapham Common bandstand in memory of Sarah Everard and all the women lost to violence.

"Hundreds of people came to show their solidarity and I can see hundreds more on my way home.

"The Police's decision to cancel the vigil makes no sense."

On today’s walk, I laid flowers at Clapham Common bandstand in memory of Sarah Everard and all the women lost to violence.

Hundreds of people came to show their solidarity and I can see hundreds more on my way home.

The Police’s decision to cancel the vigil makes no sense. pic.twitter.com/qadxuDdPjw

— Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP (@BellRibeiroAddy) March 13, 2021

SANDY TOKSVIG SAYS SARAH EVERARD 'MURDER' 'MUST MARK A TURNING POINT'

Sandi Toksvig has said "this must become a turning point" as she opened an online vigil to Sarah Everard.

Speaking at Feminists of London's virtual event, the television presenter said it was not a "small change" that was needed, but a "cultural shift about how women are viewed and treated both in the public and private space".

"This has to be a turning point where ending violence finally becomes a political priority," she said.

SANDY TOKSVIG EXPRESSES 'PROFOUND SORROW AND RAGE' AS SHE OPENS ONLINE VIGIL FOR SARAH EVERARD

Sandi Toksvig opened the online vigil for Sarah Everard, expressing her "profound sorrow and rage".

Speaking at Feminists of London's virtual event, the television presenter said: "The truth is of course I don't want to be here at all, I do not want to attend a vigil for a bright young woman in her early 30s, a woman with her life before her.

"I do not want to be here talking about the memory of Sarah. I have two daughters about the same age as Sarah. Tomorrow is Mother's Day. Never have I felt more passionately concerned about my kids.

"It surely cannot be asking too much to want them simply to be free, to walk where they like, when they like.

"I am filled in equal measure with profound sorrow and rage, and I know there are many who share this rage and I think it is entirely justifiable. But I also know that it will harm rather than help us if we don't try and direct that anger to good purpose. Tonight we reflect that when the vigil is over, the work begins."

VIGIL GROUPS TAKE PLACE FOR SARAH EVERARD ACROSS UK CITIES

Groups of people stood in vigil for Sarah Everard at locations around the UK, including Glasgow, Bristol and Nottingham.

In Bristol, a female police officer asked one member of the crowd to leave the vigil, saying she risks her life to be out dispersing crowds in a pandemic.

A woman could be heard shouting back: "You risk your life every night, love."

DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE PAYS RESPECTS TO SARAH EVERARD AT CLAPHAM MEMORIAL

The Duchess of Cambridge has visited a south London memorial for Sarah Everard, close to where the 33-year-old went missing.

Kate made a visit to Clapham Common on Saturday afternoon to pay her respects to Ms Everard and her family in the wake of the marketing executive's murder.

The duchess visited a bandstand in the south London park where dozens of floral tributes have been placed for Ms Everard, whose body was formally identified on Friday.

She was seen pausing in front of the sea of tributes, which have grown substantially in the last day. As well as flowers, the memorial also features signs, with the duchess seen near a sign reading "I am Sarah".

It is understood Kate also made the visit in part because she remembers what it felt like to walk around London at night before she got married.

KEY EVIDENCE ‘TOOK DAYS TO SECURE’

Vital Sarah Everard evidence from Transport for London took days to secure because they are closed on weekends, according to reports.

Footage from a bus that showed the marketing manager on a main road is understood to have been a breakthrough in the tragic case.

But the crucial evidence took days to secure as Transport for London is not open at the weekend, The Times reports.

SARAH EVERARD MOURNERS PAY THEIR RESPECTS IN CLAPHAM COMMON TODAY DESPITE GATHERING BAN

Despite the ban, a small, socially-distanced group lay flowers at the bandstand in Clapham Common this afternoon in moving scenes.

Some mourners were seen in tears as they gathered to pay tribute to the marketing manager, who vanished on March 3.

There was also police present in London as people gathered to pay their respects.

It comes after Reclaim the Streets slammed the police after revealing they were threatened with a £10,000 fine under Covid laws if the events went ahead.

They also accused cops of being "unwilling to engage" and are now urging people to "shine a light" in a doorstep vigil at 9.30pm.

KATE MIDDLETON PAYS TRIBUTE TO ‘MURDERED’ SARAH EVERARD AT CLAPHAM COMMON

Kate Middleton paid tribute to Sarah Everard today at Clapham Common.

The Duchess of Cambridge was among tearful mourners who gathered at the spot tragic Sarah Everard was last seen as vigils were cancelled across the UK.

A palace source said: " The Duchess wanted to pay her respects to Sarah and her family.
 
"She remembers what it felt like to walk around London at night before she got married."

A further 31 vigils were also due to take place at 6pm in cities across the UK - including Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Belfast and Cardiff.

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COP ‘EXPOSED HIMSELF TWICE IN MCDONALD’S’ DAYS BEFORE SARAH VANISHED

The cop who has been charged with the murder and kidnap of Sarah Everard has been linked TWO flashing reports at McDonald’s in south London, it was reported yesterday.

The police watchdog is now investigating whether officers responded “appropriately” to a report linked to Wayne Couzens, 48, three days before Sarah, 33, disappeared.

Met Police confirmed they were investigating two separate indecent exposure incidents at a fast food restaurant.

Both allegedly occurred on the Sunday at the same fast food restaurant, and are believed to have been caught on CCTV.

A source told The Standard: “It’s definitely not that police did nothing about the indecent exposure or that they turned a blind eye to a crime by a colleague. But the question will be whether the case was progressed quickly enough.”

VIGIL IN SARAH'S HOME CITY OF YORK ALSO CANCELLED

A vigil planned for Ms Everard's home city of York has also been cancelled and organisers are instead encouraging people to post a photo of a candle in their window or doorway.

West Midlands Police said events in Coventry and Birmingham had also been cancelled after discussions with the organisers.

Greater Manchester Police reminded people that congregating in large groups remained illegal due to current coronavirus restrictions but said it "absolutely supports" the doorstep vigils and "encourages our communities to join them".

Commander Catherine Roper, Met Police lead for community engagement, said: "I would like to thank the organisers of tonight's vigil in Clapham Common for cancelling the gathering. Since Sarah's disappearance, we have shared Londoners' anguish, shock and sadness at the truly awful circumstances of her disappearance and death.

"I know that yesterday's ruling would have been unwelcome news for the organisers and to those who were hoping to join others in tribute to Sarah and to make a stand on violence against women."

BODY FOUND IN BUILDER'S BAG

The body of Sarah Everard was found inside a large builder's bag and identified using dental records, a court has heard.

Serving Metropolitan Police constable Wayne Couzens, 48, is charged with kidnapping and murdering the 33-year-old marketing executive, who went missing while walking home from a friend's flat in south London on March 3.

Her body was found hidden in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent, on Wednesday.

TEARFUL MOURNERS GATHER

Tearful mourners today gathered at the spot tragic Sarah Everard was last seen as vigils were cancelled across the UK.

Crowds had been planning to meet in Clapham Common in solidarity with the 33-year-old.

A further 31 vigils were also due to take place at 6pm in cities across the UK - including Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Belfast and Cardiff - but the Met Police moved to ban the event due to Covid restrictions with other forces following suit.

Some mourners were seen in tears as they gathered to pay tribute to the marketing manager, who vanished on March 3.

RECLAIM THE STREETS FUNDRAISER ALMOST AT £250K

A fundraiser set up by the group for women's charitable causes has already generated almost £250,000.

The page was organised by "a group of women who wanted to channel the collective grief, outrage and sadness in our community over the events of the past week".

A fundraising target of £320,000 has been set to mirror the fines which might have been issued had vigils gone ahead today, with the aim to raise £10,000 for each of the 32 vigils which organisers said had been scheduled.

ONLINE AND DOORSTEP VIGILS

People who wanted to attend vigils in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard are being encouraged to take part in planned online and doorstep events instead.

Vigils had been organised across the UK in memory of the 33-year-old, who went missing in London earlier this month, as well as to urge that more is done to tackle violence against women.

Organisers Reclaim These Streets announced on Saturday that a vigil planned for Saturday in Clapham, south London near to where Ms Everard disappeared had been cancelled and said a "virtual gathering" will take place instead.

Reclaim These Streets has encouraged people to join a doorstep vigil at 9.30pm, with the group saying it would be joining people across the country and "shining a light, a candle, a torch, a phone, to remember Sarah Everard and all the women affected by and lost to violence".

They added: "We aren't just lighting a candle for the women we've lost: we have been inspired by the women who have reached out and hope this is just the start of a movement that will light a fire for change."

FLOWERS IN MEMORY OF SARAH

Members of the public have placed flowers around the bandstand on Clapham Common, south London, in remembrance of Sarah Everard.

Hundreds of bouquets surround the stand, with handwritten notes alongside them.

Credit: BackGrid

KEY EVIDENCE 'TOOK DAYS TO SECURE'

Vital Sarah Everard evidence from Transport for London took days to secure because they are closed on weekends, according to reports.

Footage from a bus that showed the marketing manager on a main road is understood to have been a breakthrough in the tragic case.

But the crucial evidence took days to secure as Transport for London is not open at the weekend, The Times reports.

WAYNE COUZENS: THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN SARAH EVERARD CASE

Wayne Couzens was charged on Friday night with Sarah's kidnap and murder after she vanished while walking home last Wednesday. The announcement came moments before it emerged Couzens was taken to hospital again for a second time with head injuries. He went back to St George's Hospital, where he was taken for the first time for treatment, in the early hours of Thursday morning. Police also revealed Couzens joined the Met in September 2018 where he worked on a response team in Bromley, South East London. He then moved to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command on 1 February 2020 where he patrolled embassies in the capital. On Saturday, he was remanded in custody after appearing at Westminster Magistrates Court He will appear before the Old Bailey on Tuesday (March 16)
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