Sarah Everard police ‘searching tunnels under suspect’s family garage’

Police officers investigating Sarah Everard’s disappearance are reportedly searching tunnels under a garage which used to belong to the police officer suspect’s family.

PC Wayne Couzens, 48, is being held on suspicion of the 33-year-old’s kidnap and murder.

Sarah, a marketing executive, has not been seen or heard from since she left her friend's house in Clapham, south London, at around 9pm on Wednesday, March 3.

Couzens, a dad of two and serving Metropolitan Police diplomatic protection officer, was arrested at his home in Deal, Kent, on Tuesday, March 9.

Sources told The Times that detectives are “working on the assumption that Sarah did not know her attacker”.

Officers in Dover have searched a disused garage that was run by the Couzens family until 2015 along with a deep shelter and tunnels underneath, it is claimed.

They stored 19th-century ammunition and were later used as a shelter during the Second World War.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman refused to comment on the search when approached by the Daily Star.

On Thursday, March 11, Couzens was taken to hospital with a head injury after he was reportedly found collapsed in his cell.

Scotland Yard said: "The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment to a head injury sustained while in custody.

"He has since been discharged and returned to custody. We are not prepared to discuss further."

Couzens is reported to have joined the force around 10 years ago and offered protection at public events attended by Royal Family members.

Another woman, thought to be Couzens’ wife, was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Met Police boss Cressida Dick said the disappearance in "awful and wicked circumstances" is every family's nightmare.

She said: “I speak on behalf of all my colleagues in the Met when I say we are utterly appalled at this dreadful news. Our job is to patrol the streets and to protect people.

“Sarah’s disappearance in these awful and wicked circumstances is every family’s worst nightmare.

“I know Londoners will want to know that it is thankfully incredibly rare for a woman to be abducted from our streets.

"But I completely understand that despite this, women in London and the wider public – particularly those in the area where Sarah went missing – will be worried and may well be feeling scared.”

A CCTV image – understood to have been discovered on a private doorbell-type camera – captured Sarah walking alone along the A205 Poynders road, from the junction at Cavendish Road, toward Tulse Hill, which lies just south of Brixton.

It appears to suggest she walked through Clapham Common and was walking towards her home.

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