Sarah Everard suspect Wayne Couzens rushed to hospital with head injury

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The police officer accused of the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard was taken to hospital with a head injury.

Wayne Couzens, 48, was reportedly found collapsed in his cell on Thursday.

He was taken to hospital where he was treated for a head injury sustained while in custody.

The dad-of-two has since been returned to a police station, the Metropolitan Police said.

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."

He was arrested on Tuesday for the kidnap and murder of the marketing executive.

Police also arrested him for a separate allegation of indecent exposure.

Sarah went missing on March 3 after leaving a friend’s house in Clapham, south London to walk to her home in nearby Brixton.

The walk was expected to take about 50 minutes.

A huge search was launched in the area, with a block of flats cordoned off on Tuesday.

Human remains were found in woods in Ashford, Kent on Wednesday, more than 50 miles from where she disappeared.

They have not yet been identified.

The police officer was in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.

Scotland Yard said his primary role was uniformed patrol duties of diplomatic premises.

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

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

The police commissioner said the arrest had “sent waves of shock and anger through the public and through the whole” of the force.

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.”

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