Sarah Everard cops had reg of car driven by McDonald's flasher believed to be suspect Wayne Couzens but 'failed to act'

POLICE had details of a car allegedly being driven by the man suspected of flashing at staff in a McDonald’s restaurant three days before the murder of Sarah Everard.

Eyewitnesses at the burger bar in South London took details of the vehicle allegedly used by a man who flashed at staff before running off. 

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CCTV of the incident was also made available by staff.

Police believe the flashing incident took place three days before Sarah was snatched from the street as she walked home.

Cops were given CCTV from the incident along with a description and registration of the car being driven by the suspect, a source said today.

  • Sarah Everard disappeared while walking home to Brixton from Clapham last week
  • Sarah's family said the 33-year-old was a "kind and beautiful" woman
  • Police confirmed today human remains found in woodland belong to Sarah
  • Wayne Couzens, 48, was taken to hospital with head injuries after being taken into custody
  • The suspect was linked to an alleged sex offence three days before Sarah disappeared
  • Organisers of a vigil for Sarah Everard have been left furious after the Met Police threatened them with fines under Covid rules
  • CCTV from a London bus has helped cops in their investigations, it was reported

However, no action appears to have been taken by police. It is understood police simply did not had time to investigate the incident.

But it means if Couzens was involved in the flashing incident, he was still free and working as an armed officer when Sarah, 33, was kidnapped.

McDonald's confirmed they were assisting police over the incident.

Two Met officers are being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct over an alleged failure to act on the report of the indecent exposure on Sunday February 28.

The watchdog said: “Our investigation will look at the actions of the MPS after police received a report on 28 February that a man had exposed himself at a fast food restaurant in South London.”



Experts say that had Pc Couzens been questioned and arrested over the alleged sex offence, he would automatically have had his firearms licence revoked and been suspended from duty.

The cop, attached to the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection branch, was working at the US Embassy in Nine Elms, South London, when he allegedly abducted Sarah on Wednesday 3 March.

She was last seen walking alone on a doorbell camera at 9.30pm in Clapham, South West London.

Sarah, dressed in a bright green mac, had left a friend’s home half an hour earlier for the 50-minute walk back to her flat in Brixton.

Her kidnapper is said to have bundled Sarah into a hire car out of view of cameras.

Police got a breakthrough after camera footage from a passing bus showed the car.

Sarah’s remains were found on Wednesday night later at a woodland site of a former golf course in Great Chart, Kent.

PC Couzens was arrested the day before at his home 30 miles away in Deal, Kent, where he lives with his wife Elena and their two children, aged eight and 10.

Lab manager Elena, 38, was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and later bailed to a date next month.

The latest development comes after police confirmed today a body found in woodland belongs to tragic Sarah.

Speaking to reporters outside Scotland Yard, Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said Met Police were determined to get justice for Sarah.

He said today: "As you know, on Wednesday evening detectives investigating the disappearance of Sarah Everard discovered a body secreted in woodland in Kent.

"The body has now been recovered and formal identification procedure has now been undertaken. I can now confirm that it is the body of Sarah Everard."



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