Serving police officer arrested in connection with Sarah Everard disappearance - everything we know so far

The man arrestedis a serving Met Police officer (Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images)The man arrestedis a serving Met Police officer (Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images)
The man arrestedis a serving Met Police officer (Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images)

A Metropolitan Police officer has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Sarah Everard who was last seen on 3 March.

Ms Everard, aged 33, was last spotted in Clapham, London, around 9pm, where she was walking home from a friend's house.

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In what has been called a "serious and significant" development in the case, the Met Police released a statement late on 9 March, revealing that it has arrested a man from an address in Kent in connection with Ms Everard's disappearance.

The man (a serving Met Police officer) was off duty at the time of the disappearance. He has now been taken into custody. A woman suspected of assisting an offender was also arrested.

'Shocking and deeply disturbing'

Assistant Met Police Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said the fact the arrested man  is a serving officer is both "shocking and deeply disturbing".

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin said: "This is a fast-moving investigation and we are doing everything we can to find Sarah.

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"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."

The Met has visited 750 homes in the area where Ms Everard disappeared as part of its enquiries, and the force has received over 120 phone calls from members of the public.

Friends, family and members of the public have been calling for any useful information on social media since Ms Everard disappeared.

Description of Sarah Everard

Originally from York, Ms Everard was last spotted on Poynders Road in the Clapham area of London at 9pm UK time on Wednesday 3 March. She was wearing navy blue trousers with a white diamond pattern, a green rain jacket and turquoise and orange trainers.

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She's additionally thought to have been wearing a white beanie hat and green earphones.

Her journey should have taken her 50 minutes on foot, and she is believed to have walked through Clapham Common after leaving her friend's home at Leathwaite Road.

Anyone who believes they may have useful information for police regarding this case should call detectives at 0208 785 8244.