Top cop to oversee national crackdown on violence against women after Sarah Everard murder

A TOP cop will be appointed to oversee a national crackdown on violence against women in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder.

Home Secretary Priti Patel will announce the change tomorrow after it was recommended in an urgent report into the young woman’s death, The Sunday Times reported.

Serving firearms officer Wayne Couzens abducted the 33-year-old as she walked home in South London in March. 

Her body was found in Kent woodland 50 miles away. 

The ex-policeman pleaded guilty to her murder this month after already admitting rape and kidnapping. 

The senior officer will report to the National Policing Board and make forces treat crimes such as indecent exposure and street harassment more seriously. 

The decision is based on a previous decision to appoint a top cop to get to grips with counterterrorism – currently Neil Basu. 

Patel said: “Every aspect of policing and the criminal justice system must have a determined approach to ending violence against women and girls. 

“I want to see an end to the abhorrent abuse and violence they are subjected to.”

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