A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Sarah Everard.
The 33-year-old vanished after leaving her friend’s house in Leathwaite Road, in Clapham, via a back gate to walk towards her home in Brixton at around 9pm on Wednesday (March 3).
The last sighting of her was on Poynders Road, on the other side of Clapham Common.
A large police cordon was erected outside a block of flats on Poynders Road at around 4pm on Tuesday as the large search operation continued around the route she is believed to have taken before her disappearance.
However, the Met Police have now confirmed that a serving officer has been arrested at an address in Kent.
He has been taken into custody at a London police station where he remains. They have not revealed what crime he has been arrested on suspicion of.
A woman has 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.
Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin said: “This is a significant development in our inquiry. This is a fast moving investigation and we are doing everything we can to find Sarah.
“We have seen an overwhelming response from the public and I repeat my request for anyone with information that may be relevant to come forward, no matter how insignificant it may seem.”
Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave added: “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.”