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Met Police chief ‘must resign’ over murder of Sarah Everard by serving officer, MP says

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has been urged to resign over the murder of Sarah Everard at the hands of a serving officer.

Wayne Couzens has been sentenced to a whole life order for the kidnap, rape and murder of Ms Everard.

Following the sentencing, Labour MP Harriet Harman said Ms Dick “must resign”.

“Sarah Everard was simply walking home,” she tweeted.

“Women must be able to trust the police not fear them. Women’s confidence in police will have been shattered. Urgent action needed. Met Commissioner must resign.”

Ms Dick had attended court on Wednesday to hear how one of her own officers had abused his position to carry out his crimes.

During the investigation into Ms Everard’s death it emerged Couzens had been linked to an alleged indecent exposure incident as far back as 2015.

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The Independent Office for Police Conduct has launched an investigation into alleged failures by Kent Police to investigate.

A probe is also ongoing into alleged failures by the Met Police to investigate two allegations of indecent exposure linked to Couzens in London in February this year.

The force said Couzens passed vetting procedures and a review after his arrest found no information available at the time that would have changed the decision.

It added that he was never subject to any misconduct proceedings during his time in the force.