Sarah Everard: Killer officer cavorted with prostitutes

On the surface, Wayne Couzens was a dedicated police officer and a devoted family man who was never happier than when playing with his children or tinkering with his Ducati motorcycle. 

But underneath the veneer of respectability was a sexual deviant who, fuelled by extreme pornography, was driven to ever more depraved actions. 

Today, the 48-year-old married father of two admitted murdering Sarah Everard. Read how, despite being an armed officer tasked with protecting politicians, dignitaries and VIPs, Couzens admitted regularly cavorting with prostitutes and was also suspected of taking dangerous body-building steroids. 

Three days before Ms Everard went missing, he allegedly exposed himself to two members of staff in a McDonald’s restaurant in Swanley, Kent. 

Now the Met’s handling of the indecent exposure case has become the subject of an investigation by the police watchdog.

Wayne Couzens admitted regularly seeing prostitutes and was also suspected of taking dangerous body-building steroids

Credit: Kent Messenger/SWNS

Sir Geoff Hurst: 1966 winners had to get normal jobs

If England’s players secure victory against Italy in the Euro 2020 final on Sunday, they will all likely be made for life. But in an extraordinary interview, 1966 hat-trick hero Sir Geoff Hurst has revealed how he and his fellow World Cup winners had to go out and get normal jobs once their football careers had ended. Sunday’s final will be England’s sixth match at Wembley out of seven. It may be little surprise, then, that Uefa has ruled out staging another pan-continental European Championship after admitting the format of the current tournament was "not fair". Fans in the likes of France think this tournament has been organised for England to win. Read the views from across Europe. As the players focus on potentially the biggest 48 hours of their careers, Cesc Fabregas reveals what it feels like preparing for the biggest game of your life.

The issue of seeing out games, which resulted in a late semi-final winner for Croatia in Russia in 2018, was identified by Southgate and his staff as a vital area to improve and their work culminated in keeping the ball for the final minutes against Denmark. Yet read how, in Italy, England face the masters of the dark arts. Our writers predict who will win and meet Bjorn Kuipers, the "world’s richest referee" in charge of the final.

Duke of Kent steps down as All England Club president

The Duke of Kent is stepping down as President of Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club after more than five decades at the helm. The 85-year-old, a first cousin of the Queen, has been President of the prestigious Wimbledon club since 1969, presenting the trophy on more than 350 occasions to champions from Rod Laver to Serena Williams. It is not known who will take over the presidency, which has been very much a family affair for the Kents. Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge will emerge from isolation to attend the ladies’ singles final at Wimbledon tomorrow, accompanied by Prince William.

At a glance: Coronavirus evening briefing

Cases surge | Coronavirus infection rates in England have climbed to their highest level in five months, according to Office for National Statistics estimates. Around one in 160 people had Covid-19 in the week to July 3, the latest ONS survey of private households shows, the highest since February 19. Read how figures for Scotland differ.

  • Travel | Tory MPs reportedly delete app to avoid travel quarantine
  • Liste verte | France could soon ease restrictions for British travellers
  • Numbers crunched | Cost of travel for unvaccinated holidaymakers
  • Telegraph readers | Is mandatory testing of children after trips right?
  • All talk, no jabs | The reality of global vaccine diplomacy

Also in the news: Today’s other headlines

  • Figure ‘not recognised’ | No 10 rejects EU’s £40bn Brexit divorce bill
  • Two police officers stabbed | Man arrested for attempted murder
  • Record fine | Southern Water deliberately poured sewage into sea
  • Nuisance gulls | Residents can get nests removed with doctor’s note
  • Bizarre incident | Spectator takes club from Rory McIlroy’s bag at tee

Around the world: ‘Mine maps’ traded for prisoners

With its rolling plains of prime farmland, the Fuzuli district of Azerbaijan is one of the choicest chunks of turf recaptured from Armenia during last year’s war. Yet during their separatist war in the 1990s, Armenian forces sowed Fuzuli and other districts with land mines, creating a defensive buffer-zone hundreds of miles long. Now the rival neighbours are locked in "land mine diplomacy" as civilians return leading to "maps for prisoners" exchanges. Read Colin Freeman’s dispatch here.

Friday interview

A princess, a missing Gauguin and a multi-million pound fortune

Princess Camilla admits her story would make a great novel: ‘You have royalty and business, and family history and family fighting'

Credit: Getty Images, Alamy

Accusations are flying, court cases piling up and a vast fortune is in the balance. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies tells all

Read the full interview

Comment and analysis

  • Ben Obese-Jecty | Gary Neville’s political rants are getting in the way
  • Rakib Ehsan | National team proves "Englishness" not to do with race
  • Mark Bailey | It’s time to ditch the toxic language of Covid
  • Rob Crossan | I’m double vaccinated, but in no hurry to get on a plane
  • Chris Bennion | The ‘banterfication’ of BBC sport coverage has to end

Editor’s choice

  • The Midults | Husband wants my inheritance for his start-up. Am I right to refuse?
  • Not to do with how you look | The eight ageing appropriately rules you need to know
  • Trips children will adore | 20 incredible family trips for your return to Europe
  • Business and money briefing

    Taxi drivers quit | The number of black cabs on London’s roads has fallen to its lowest level in almost four decades in the wake of the pandemic. Read how drivers have found their market share eroded.

    • Poacher to gamekeeper | Marlboro owner swoops on lung drug firm
    • Financial planning | Five funds every retired investor should buy
    • On top of markets | Live stocks and shares updates 24 hours a day

    Sport briefing

    Tour de France | Mark Cavendish has matched the stage wins record as he collected the 34th of his career in Carcassonne. Cavendish moved level with Eddy Merckx as he took victory ahead of his own lead-out man Michael Morkov. Read about the 36-year-old’s stunning return to form.

    • Wimbledon semi-final | Djokovic takes on Shapovalov – live updates
    • Courtney Lawes | Wednesday with Lions was a day like none before
    • Fury vs Wilder 3 | Fight postponed as Briton tests positive for Covid

    Three things for tonight

    • Watch | Michael Ball’s Wonderful Wales, Channel 5, 8pm
    • Listen | Chopper’s Politics: Lord Freud on ministers and their briefs
    • Play | Telegraph Puzzles featuring today’s Crossword and Sudoku

    And finally… for this evening’s downtime

    ‘I didn’t know who Ricky Gervais was’ | It is 20 years to the day since Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s comedy The Office was first broadcast. The ‘staff’ reveal what it was like at Wernham Hogg.

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