Sarah Everard: Met Police officer Wayne Couzens charged with kidnap and murder

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Couzens has been charged with kidnapping and killing the marketing executive, who went missing while walking home from a friend’s flat in south London on March 3. He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

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In a statement, Rosemary Ainslie, head of special crime at the CPS, said: “Following a referral of evidence by the Metropolitan Police related to the death of Sarah Everard, the CPS has authorised the police to charge Wayne Couzens with murder and kidnapping.”

It comes as Scotland Yard confirmed on Friday afternoon that human remains found in an area of woodland in Ashford, Kent, two days earlier had been identified as Ms Everard.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said: “Clearly Sarah’s family have been updated with this most distressing news.

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