Response to indecent exposure days before Sarah Everard went missing probed

An investigation has been launched into how police handled indecent exposure charges related to the officer arrested on suspicion of Sarah Everard’s murder days before she went missing.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announced that tonight it has opened a new investigation into the alleged indecent exposure at a fast food restaurant in south London on Feb.28 and whether officials from the Metropolitan Police Service have properly investigated.

The investigation follows a referral from the Metropolitan Police Service regarding two officers received by the force last night.

It is tied to four other remittances related to the arrest of a serving Metropolitan Police Service officer on suspicion of kidnapping, murder, and a separate allegation of indecent exposure.

Sarah disappeared while walking home from a friend in Clapham to her house in Brixton on March 3rd.

Police looking for her yesterday discovered a body in a wooded area in Ashford, Kent believed to be the missing 33-year-old marketing director.

An IOPC spokesman said: “Our investigation will look into the actions of the Metropolitan Police Service after police received a report on February 28, 2021, that a man exposed himself in a fast food restaurant in south London .

“Yesterday (Wednesday) we determined that two referrals related to kidnapping / murder and indecent exposure allegations against the arrested officer should be investigated by the local police.

“We are still considering a mandatory referral regarding police actions after receiving the report that Sarah Everard was missing.

“A fifth mandatory referral was received today from the MPS in connection with police contact with the arrested officer who was hospitalized yesterday afternoon for a head injury in custody.

“This transfer is also being checked to see what further action we may need to take.”

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