Pressure builds on Met over killer cop as his nickname is revealed – .

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Pressure builds on Met over killer cop as his nickname is revealed – .


Met Police hired Sarah Everard’s killer after he was disturbingly nicknamed “The Rapist” and allegedly walked around naked in 2015 – three years before he was hired in London, he emerged.

Former colleagues of Wayne Couzens at the Civil Nuclear Gendarmerie (CNC), where the 48-year-old joined in March 2011, reportedly gave him the nickname because he made some police officers uncomfortable.

It also emerged that Kent Police – with whom he volunteered from 2005 to 2009 – received a complaint from a motorist that a man was seen driving naked in Dover from the waist down .

No arrests were made and the fact that he was suspected of being Couzens was kept under wraps until yesterday, when the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) exposed the June 2015 crime.

The claim comes as several women step forward to bring historic charges of harassment following Couzens’ arrest, The Sun reports.

The Met is under pressure to investigate how Couzens, who pleaded guilty to murdering 33-year-old Ms Everard after tearing her off the streets, was able to continue serving as an officer despite suspicion aroused by his behavior.

Wayne Couzens’ ex-colleagues at the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC), where the 48-year-old (pictured above) joined in March 2011, allegedly dubbed him “The Rapist” because he was putting some policewomen on uncomfortable.

Couzens pleaded guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard, 33 (pictured above) after tearing her off the streets as she walked home to a friend in Clapham in March

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While Dame Cressida Dick apologized after Wayne Couzens’ guilty plea in court yesterday morning, his forces declined to comment on other crimes he may now be linked to.

But the IOPC has laid bare a series of worrying incidents and said it served 12 officers from several forces with notices of serious misconduct or misconduct with several ongoing investigations.

One notice of serious misconduct and six notices of misconduct relate to an investigation into allegations of agents from “a number of forces” violating professional standards of conduct by sharing information related to the Couzens lawsuit through a messaging application.

Notices of Serious Misconduct were served on three officers in an investigation into a police officer on probation who allegedly shared an inappropriate graphic regarding the Sarah Everard case with officers on social media before subsequently secure the cordon at the scene of its research.

An investigation into the alleged failure of the Metropolitan Police to investigate allegations of indecent exposure linked to Couzens in February 2021 continues, with two officers being investigated for possible violations of professional standards. constitute professional misconduct.

A separate investigation is also underway into allegations that Kent Police failed to investigate a 2015 indecent assault incident, but no notice has been sent by the IOPC to officers about it. .

An investigation into how Wayne Couzens suffered head injuries while in detention on March 10 and 12 after his arrest is nearing completion, the IOPC said, with all officers involved being treated as witnesses.

Kent Deputy Chief of Police Tom Richards said: “Kent Police have seized the Independent Office for Police Conduct as part of their investigation into an alleged indecent exhibition in Dover in June 2015.” He is said to be said to be inappropriate to comment further while the IOPC conducts its independent investigation.

The IOPC revealed the 2015 allegation by confirming that Couzens was suspected of two more indecent exhibits who feared they had not been properly probed by the Met force days before he killed Sarah.

Despite past cases, Couzens was still a member of the elite parliamentary and diplomatic protection team at the time of Sarah’s murder – a role that allowed him to carry a firearm and a Metropolitan Police warrant card.

He was also equipped with a Heckler and Koch G36 rifle while working at the CNC, as part of the team protecting Sellafield and later the Dungeness nuclear power plant.

His strange behavior there would have been what made the workers uncomfortable – although the Federation of Civilian Nuclear Police confirmed that there had been no official complaints about him.

In total, Couzens had been accused of indecent exposure on three occasions before kidnapping Ms Everard in Clapham, south London, on March 3.

He pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to the marketing manager’s murder on Friday, after previously admitting her kidnapping and rape.

Five of Ms Everard’s family were joined by Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick in court to watch Couzens with his head bowed and shaking enter his whispered plea by video link from Belmarsh Prison.

During the 20-minute hearing, Lord Justice Fulford discussed the possibility of a life order as he adjourned the sentence until September 29.

Dame Cressida spoke to the family before making a statement on the steps of the Old Bailey.

She said she told the Everard family “how sorry I am for their loss, for their pain and suffering”.

She said: “All of us at the Met are sickened, angry and devastated by this man’s crimes – they are appalling. Everyone in the police feels betrayed.

Couzens’ wife also shared her horror of the officer’s sickening crimes and distress at not having detected any warning signs in the months leading up to Ms Everard’s kidnapping and murder.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Elena Couzens, 38, said: “I keep asking” why? What Wayne did was not human behavior.

His wife of 15 years said she always takes the pieces of her shattered life back and rebuilds it with the couple’s two young children.

“If I had any idea what was going on in Wayne’s head, none of this would have happened but I didn’t know anything,” she said.

“He didn’t seem to be acting strangely. I didn’t notice that anything was wrong. I work full time, most of the time I drop the kids off at school and pick them up, I have a very busy lifestyle.

“I can’t understand him because he’s never shown violence once before, he’s never been like that. I am as perplexed as everyone else.

In total, Couzens (pictured above) was accused of indecent exposure on three occasions before kidnapping Ms Everard in Clapham, south London, on March 3.

In total, Couzens (pictured above) was accused of indecent exposure on three occasions before kidnapping Ms Everard in Clapham, south London, on March 3.

Wayne Couzens seen in a court sketch at a previous hearing into the case.  He pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to the murder of the marketing manager on Friday

Wayne Couzens seen in a court sketch at a previous hearing into the case. He pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to the murder of the marketing manager on Friday

A number of areas were searched in Clapham as police attempted to search for the missing 33-year-old in March this year before returning the hunt to Kent.

A number of areas were searched in Clapham as police attempted to search for the missing 33-year-old in March this year before returning the hunt to Kent.

‘I didn’t see anything wrong. He had a nice family, a good house… what else did he need? I keep asking myself “where did I miss the signs?” How the hell did that happen?

Harriet Wistrich, director of the Center for Women’s Justice, is among those calling for a full public inquiry into “police failures and misconduct and the broader culture of misogyny” following Couzens’ guilty plea.

Ms Everard’s murder sparked protests from women fearing for their own safety earlier this year.

Ms Wistrich said: “As the protesters have made clear, women do not feel safe and it is incumbent on the government and all criminal justice agencies to take action now against the epidemic of male violence that is the other public health crisis of our time. “

Nick Thomas Symonds, the shadow Home Secretary, also urged police to review their vetting process.

Sarah's family are leaving the Old Bailey after a previous court hearing in which Couzens twice pleaded guilty.  Her father Jeremy can be seen on the left, with her sister Katie who can be seen on the right

Sarah’s family are leaving the Old Bailey after a previous court hearing in which Couzens twice pleaded guilty. Her father Jeremy can be seen on the left, with her sister Katie who can be seen on the right

CCTV footage of Sarah Everard captured earlier the night she was kidnapped in South London in March this year

CCTV footage of Sarah Everard captured earlier the night she was kidnapped in South London in March this year

The Labor MP said: ‘Society places great trust in the police to keep us safe and in the vast majority of officers who so courageously serve their communities who will all be appalled by this matter.

“It is absolutely vital that everything be done so that this never happens again.

“The Metropolitan Police and the Police at large must examine the control processes and their own protection systems to ensure that those who pose a threat to the public are not able to occupy such vital positions of trust. . “

The IOPC has opened an investigation into the Kent Police’s alleged failures to investigate the indecent exposure allegation against Couzens dating back to 2015.

An IOPC investigation is also underway into alleged Met failures to investigate two allegations of indecent exposure linked to Couzens in London in February this year, with two officers being investigated for possible violations of professional standards.

The watchdog said a total of 12 notices of serious misconduct or misconduct have so far been served on police officers from several forces linked to the Couzens case.

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