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Twelve officers investigated by police watchdog over case of Sarah Everard’s killer

Written by on 09/07/2021

Twelve officers are being investigated by the police watchdog over matters relating to the case of Sarah Everard’s killer Wayne Couzens.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said: “We have served a total of 12 gross misconduct or misconduct notices on police officers from several forces as we continue to investigate matters linked to the conduct of PC Couzens.”

It comes after Couzens, a serving Metropolitan Police officer, pleaded guilty to the murder of Ms Everard – in a case which caused widespread shock and outrage that led to protests at the rate of violence against women.

The IOPC have issued the notices linked to several different ongoing investigations.

One probe involves allegations that a Met police constable, who was still on probation, shared an inappropriate graphic relating to the case with officers over social media before manning the cordon at the scene of the search for her.

Three offices have been served gross misconduct notices over this investigation, the IOPC said.

Elsewhere, officers have been served notices relating to a probe into allegations that information linked to Couzen’s prosecution was shared via a messaging app.

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A probe into the Metropolitan Police’s alleged failure to investigate allegations of indecent exposure linked to Couzens in February 2021 continues.

For this, two officers are being investigated for possible breaches of professional standards that may amount to misconduct.

A separate investigation is also ongoing into claims Kent Police failed to investigate an incident of indecent exposure in 2015, but no notices have been served by the IOPC to officers over this.

Meanwhile, the IOPC revealed that a probe into how Couzens sustained head injuries while in custody on both 10 March and 12 March has almost concluded.

They said that all officers involved are being treated as witnesses.

The serving of misconduct notices does not necessarily mean that disciplinary proceedings will follow, the IOPC said.

 Sky News

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