The Independent Office for Police Conduct will investigate the Met (Picture: PA/Rex)
A watchdog will investigate whether the Metropolitan Police properly dealt with a claim of indecent exposure involving the officer accused of murdering Sarah Everard.
PC Wayne Couzens was arrested on suspicion of the kidnap and murder of the 33-year-old marketing executive, who went missing on March 3 after leaving a friend’s in Clapham, south London.
He was been arrested on suspicion of an indecent exposure involving another woman, which is the incident the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) will investigate.
The watchdog said the probe followed a conduct referral from the Metropolitan Police (MPS) in relation to two officers, received yesterday.
It said the referral was linked to another four, ‘all connected to the arrest of a serving MPS officer on suspicion of kidnap, murder and a separate allegation of indecent exposure’.
In a statement, the IOPC said: ‘Our investigation will look at the actions of the MPS after police received a report on February 28 that a man had exposed himself at a fast food restaurant in south London.
Sarah Everard was last seen on March 3 after leaving a friend’s in Clapham, south London (Picture:@LambethMPS)
PC Wayne Couzens was arrested on Tuesday and is being treated as a murder suspect (Picture: REX)
‘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.’
The IOPC said a fifth mandatory referral was received from the Met today in relation to police contact with Couzens, who was taken to hospital after being found unconscious in his cell.
He received treatment after sustaining a head injury yesterday afternoon and has since been discharged. The referral is being assessed to determine if any further action is required.
More to follow.
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