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Sarah Everard case: people stopped by lone officer could ‘wave down a bus’, says Met

Minister speaks of ‘devastating blow’ as Scotland Yard suggests actions to take if feeling unsafe

Police will have to work hard to rebuild public confidence after the murder of Sarah Everard by a serving officer, a minister has said, as Scotland Yard said people stopped by a lone plainclothes officer should challenge their legitimacy and could try “waving a bus down” to escape a person they believe is pretending to be police.

Wayne Couzens, who joined the Metropolitan police in 2018, was handed a rare whole-life sentence on Thursday for the kidnap, rape and murder of 33-year-old Everard as she walked home in south London in March.

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