By Michael Keogh
A serving police officer has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a woman in London last week.
Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, went missing after leaving a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, at about 9pm on March 3.
London’s metropolitan police said in a statement that a serving officer had been arrested in connection with Ms Everard’s disappearance.
Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said on Tuesday: “The arrest this evening is a serious and significant development.
“We will continue to work with all speed on this investigation but the fact that the arrested man is a serving Metropolitan Police officer is both shocking and deeply disturbing.
“I understand there will be significant public concern but it is essential that the investigative team are given the time and space to continue their work.”
A man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Sarah Everard.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 9, 2021
This is a significant development but our investigation continues.
We repeat our appeal for anyone with information to speak to detectives on 0208 785 8244. https://t.co/7586mGGLHv
Scotland Yard said a woman had also been arrested at the same location on suspicion of assisting an offender.
“She has also been taken into custody at a London police station,” the police statement said.
Sarah was last captured on a doorbell camera walking along a road at around 9.30pm on Tuesday evening last week.
Police have put up a cordon outside a block of flats near where the footage was recorded and forensics officers are examining the area.
Sniffer dogs were also used in surrounding streets and gardens.
Police in London said it had received more than 120 calls from the public and had visited 750 homes in the area as part of the investigation.