A police officer guarding the place Sarah Everard’s body was found could lose his job after sharing “inappropriate” content relating to her murder.
A police officer guarding where the body of murdered woman Sarah Everard was found will likely lose his job after his colleagues reported him for sharing “inappropriate” graphics.
The officer’s horrified colleagues reported the man after he shared offensive material relating to Ms Everard’s kidnap and murder in a WhatsApp group.
The police officer, who is new to the force and was on probation, has been put on restricted duties.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct is also investigating if the police officer should permanently be thrown off the force.
“On Friday 12 March, the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards was made aware of an inappropriate graphic that was allegedly shared via social media by a probationary MPS police constable with some colleagues,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
“The sharing of the graphic was reported by a number of these officers who were concerned by its content.
“Given the context of the officer’s duties at the time, a voluntary referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct in relation to this matter.
“The PC had been deployed as a cordon officer supporting the search operation in Kent in relation to the murder of Sarah Everard. The officer has been removed from these duties and placed in a non-public facing role while enquiries continue.”
The Metropolitan Police said it had notified Ms Everard’s family
“The graphic does not contain photographic images, no images of Sarah, nor any other material obtained from or related to the investigation into Sarah’s murder,” police said.
Ms Everard, 33, went missing from Clapham Common, a park in south London, on March 3.
Her body was found in woodland in the UK region of Kent a week later.
Metropolitan Police Constable Wayne Couzens, 48, has been charged with her kidnap and murder and will appear in court later today.
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave lashed the alleged action of the rookie officer in a statement.
“The MPS expects its officers to behave professionally at all times and this includes how they use social media,” he said.
“I take allegations that any officer or officers have failed to observe these standards very seriously and have referred this matter to the IOPC.”
Police continue to search for clues relating to Ms Everard’s murder, with officers descending on Sandwich in Kent today.
The historic town is located almost 50km from where Ms Everard’s body was found in Ashford.
Officers cordoned off a shop car park and a pathway close to woodland as part of the investigation.
Police divers have been combing through a stream in Sandwich while other officers sifted through recycling bins at a nearby shop.
Londoners continue to mourn Ms Everard’s death with a vigil drawing thousands of people on the weekend.