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Five cops ‘shared misogynistic WhatsApp messages’ with Wayne Couzens


Five police officers are alleged to have shared misogynistic and racist messages with Wayne Couzens months before he killed Sarah Everard.

Five serving cops shared grossly offensive material with Everard’s twisted kidnapper and murderer Couzens on a WhatsApp group.

The alleged messages were misogynistic, racist and homophobic in nature, reports The Times.

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Two Met officers and another who used to work at the force are under criminal investigation for improper use of phones.

They, alongside a Norfolk police officer and one from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary and another from the Met, were under investigation over allegations they sent discriminatory messages over WhatsApp between March and October 2019, and for claims they failed to challenge the messages.

The IOPC said criminal or gross misconduct investigations do not necessarily mean that charges or disciplinary proceedings will follow.

IOPC regional director Sal Naseem said: “We cannot provide updates for some of our investigations linked to Couzens, which are ongoing.”

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Naseem added: “But following today’s sentencing (of Couzens), we will look to bring those matters to a conclusion as swiftly as possible.

“We are, however, able to provide information about others, including those that are either concluded or nearing completion.”

Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Tom Winsor confirmed Couzens was known as “the rapist” by other officers at times during his career and the IOPC was investigating what other officers knew about him.

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