Response to indecent exposure days before Sarah Everard went missing probed

Response to indecent exposure days before Sarah Everard went missing probed

An investigation has been launched into how police handled a claim of indecent exposure connected to the officer arrested on suspicion on the murder of Sarah Everard – days before she went missing.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announced it had launched a fresh investigation tonight into the alleged indecent exposure at a fast food restaurant in south London on February 28, and whether officers at the Metropolitan Police Service properly investigated it.

The probe follows a conduct referral from the Metropolitan Police Service in relation to two officers, which the force received last night.

It is linked to four other referrals, and are all connected to the arrest of a serving Metropolitan Police Service officer on suspicion of kidnap, murder and a separate allegation of indecent exposure.

Sarah disappeared while she was walking home from a friend’s house in Clapham to her home in Brixton on March 3.

Police searching for her yesterday discovered a body in woodland in Ashford, Kent, believed to be the missing 33-year-old marketing executive.

A spokesman for the IOPC said: “Our investigation will look at the actions of the Metropolitan Police Service after police received a report on 28 February (2021) that a man had exposed himself at a fast food restaurant in South London.

“Yesterday (Wednesday) we determined that two conduct referrals relating to kidnap/murder and indecent exposure allegations against the arrested officer should remain under local investigation by the force.

“We are 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 MPS 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 us.”

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