Sarah Everard suspect probed over ‘indecent exposure’ days before she vanished

A suspect in Sarah Everard's disappearance was probed over a separate indecent exposure allegation three days before she went missing.

An investigation has been launched into the Metropolitan Police's handling of the report in the days before Sarah, 33, vanished in south London.

The police watchdog has launched a probe into officers' response to the allegation of indecent exposure against Wayne Couzens at a south London fast food restaurant.

An independent investigation will try to determine whether officers responded appropriately, MirrorOnline reports.

Couzens, 48, is suspected of the murder and kidnap of Sarah, who went missing on Wednesday, March 3 as she walked home to Brixton from a pal's house in nearby Clapham.

Police confirmed that human remains were found in woodland in Ashford, Kent, as the search for Sarah continued.

Formal identification is yet to take place and sources said the remains may have to be identified by dental records and it could take weeks.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said the investigation followed a conduct referral from the Met in relation to two officers.

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A statement from the body said: "Our investigation will look at the actions of MPS after police received a report on February 28 that a man had exposed himself at a fast food restaurant in South London.

"On 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."

Couzens was rushed to hospital with head injuries after being found collapsed in his cell on Thursday. He has since been discharged and returned to custody.

A woman in her 30s has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender in connection with Sarah's disappearance.

While the remains found in Kent are yet to be identified, Sarah's family paid tribute to the marketing executive as they appealed for information to help the investigation.

The statement called her a "bright and beautiful" woman and a "wonderful sister and daughter".

It said: "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.

"We are so grateful to the police and would like to thank them for all they are doing. We are now pleading for additional help from the public.

"Please come forward and speak to the police if you have any information. No piece of information is too insignificant. Thank you."

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