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A serving Metropolitan police officer has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of 33-year-old Sarah Everard, who went missing in south London last week.
The officer in question was arrested at an address in Kent, meanwhile a woman was also detained on suspicion of assisting an offender.
On Tuesday, Assistant commissioner Nick Ephgrave said: "The arrest this evening is a serious and significant development. We will continue to work with all speed on this investigation but the fact that the arrested man is a serving Metropolitan police officer is both shocking and deeply disturbing.
"I understand there will be significant public concern but it is essential that the investigative team are given the time and space to continue their work."
Meanwhile, DCI Katherine Goodwin added: "This is a significant development in our inquiry. This is a fast-moving investigation and we are doing everything we can to find Sarah.
"We have seen an overwhelming response from the public and I repeat my request for anyone with information that may be relevant to come forward, no matter how insignificant it may seem."
Sarah was last seen on Wednesday 3rd March, after leaving a friend's house in Clapham at around 9pm.
The marketing executive was walking home to Brixton, which is around 50 minutes by foot. Her last known whereabouts were captured on Poynders Road, where she was seen on a residential doorbell camera.
Sarah was wearing a green rain jacket, navy blue trousers with a white diamond pattern, and turquoise and orange trainers. She is also believed to have been wearing green earphones and a white beanie hat.
The arrest this week comes after police cordoned off an area outside a block of flats near to Sarah's last known location, extending along Poynders Road from Rodenhurst Road to Cavendish Road.
Sniffer dogs have been used to search nearby gardens, while officers have also been seen searching drains in the area.
The Met has visited 750 homes and received more than 120 phone calls from members of the public since the investigation began.
Sarah's family has said it is "totally out of character" for her to disappear. They are being kept updated on any new developments.