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Sarah Everard: Wayne Couzens appears in court charged with murder and kidnap

Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens has appeared in court charged with the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard.

The 48-year-old was brought before Westminster Magistrates Court in person on Saturday morning.

Ms Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive who lived in Brixton, South London, went missing while walking home from a friend’s flat on 3 March.

Her body was discovered in woodland, in Ashford, Kent, on Wednesday.

Couzens, of Deal, Kent, was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on March 16.

The Metropolitan Police previously said the serving constable had joined the force in 2018, most recently serving in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, an armed unit responsible for guarding the Parliamentary estate and embassies in London.

His main job was uniformed patrol of diplomatic buildings and Scotland Yard said he was not on duty at the time of Ms Everard’s disappearance.

Organisers from Reclaim These Streets released an update on Saturday morning saying: “We are sorry to confirm that our Clapham vigil scheduled for tonight is cancelled.”

They added: “Instead, we are fundraising £320,000 for women’s causes: £10K for every proposed fine for the 32 vigils originally scheduled.”

An online event will instead be held, and organisers are encouraging people to light a candle in Everard’s memory.