London police officer arrested in search for missing woman Sarah Everard

London police officer arrested in search for missing woman Sarah Everard

A LONDON police officer has been arrested amid the ongoing search for missing woman Sarah Everard.

The 33-year-old has not been seen since Wednesday, 3 March, when she left a friend's house in Clapham Junction at around 9.00pm and began walking home to Brixton.

She is believed to have been walking towards Clapham Common and was last seen on a doorbell camera on Poynders Road, Clapham at about 9.30pm.

Missing person Sarah Everard

A frantic search was launched, and investigating officers earlier this week cordoned off a block of flats in Poynders Road, where Ms Everard was last seen.

The newest development has seen a Metropolitan Police Officer arrested over her disappearance in what the force is calling a "serious and significant development".

A spkesperson for the force confirmed they had arrested a man in Kent in connection with Ms Everard's disappearance, and that it was "shocking and deeply disturbing" that he was a police officer.

An unnamed woman was also arrested at the same time, under suspicion of assisting an offender.

Ms Everard's family are being updated on the rapidly evolving situation.

Missing person Sarah Everard

Announcing the news, 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."

Sarah Everard

Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave called the arrest "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."

Investigations continue.