The police watchdog has launched an independent investigation in connection with a report of exposure at a restaurant days before Sarah Everard vanished.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has begun an investigation into whether Metropolitan Police officers responded appropriately to the report of indecent exposure on February 28.
Ms Everard disappeared while walking home from a friend’s flat in south London on March 3.
The IOPC investigation will look at the actions of the Met after police received a report on February 28 this year that a man had exposed himself at a fast food restaurant in south London.
The IOPC’s investigation follows a conduct referral from the Met in relation to two officers, received last night, that officials say is linked to four other referrals.
They are all connected to the arrest of a serving Met Police officer on suspicion of kidnap, murder and a separate allegation of indecent exposure.
The IOPC says it determined yesterday, Wednesday, March 10 that two conduct referrals relating to kidnap/murder and indecent exposure allegations against the arrested officer should remain under local investigation by the force.
The watchdog says it is still assessing a mandatory referral in relation to the actions of police after they received a report that Sarah Everard was missing.
A fifth mandatory referral was received from the Met today in relation to police contact with the arrested officer who was treated in hospital after sustaining a head injury while in custody yesterday afternoon.
That referral is also being assessed to determine what further action may be required from the watchdog.
It comes after the family of Sarah Everard paid tribute to her for bringing “so much joy to our lives”.
In a statement released on their behalf by the Metropolitan Police, the 33-year-old marketing executive’s family appealed for information to help the force’s investigation.
Her family 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.”