Wayne Couzens, 48, was recently sentenced to an entire life sentence for his crimes for kidnapping, raping and killing Sarah Everard. Couzens is thought to have kidnapped Ms Everard by carrying out a false arrest using his warrant card.
Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor commented on the incident during an interview with LBC, he said: “I think we all, obviously, should be able to trust the police – and the fact you’re having to ask this question tells me there’s a problem.
“I think it starts, probably, with an acknowledgement from men in particular about the scale of the challenge here and making sure we are aware of it and recognise what an issue it is… and continue to make efforts to improve the situation.
He added: “Wayne Couzens was roaming around very close to where my old home in London was. My wife was telling me about that… and that brought that home for me.
“We just need to do a better job – particularly as male politicians – of recognising that.
“What I would really urge the public… I want to make it clear I do believe in the police. I do think we can trust the police and I think the police do a wonderful, wonderful job.”
Couzens’ is still set to receive over a third of his police pension due to an established ruling by the European Court of Human rights.
Couzens’ name was connected to a sex offence, a few days before Sarah’s death after staff at McDonald’s said they were flashed by a driver on February 7 and February 27.
However, at the time officers did not identify him as a serving officer and additional inquiries were conducted not until after Sarah went missing.
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“This is the most horrific of crimes, but we recognise this is part of a much bigger and troubling picture.“
There are growing calls for Met Chief Cressida Dick to resign following Sarah Everard’s death. Labour MP Harriet Harman told LBC’s Shelagh Fogarty, she should “recognise it’s best for her to go”.
She added: “It was on her watch that the warning signs on Sarah Everard’s killer were missed.
“As soon as an allegation is made we need an immediate investigation and a prompt suspension.”