Major inquiry launched into “systematic failures” over Sarah Everard murder

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In her speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester today, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced a major new inquiry into the murder of Sarah Everard.

As our Political Editor Nicholas Cecil reports, the inquiry will be formed of two parts. The first will examine the issues raised by the conviction of PC Wayne Couzens, and his previous behaviour to establish a “definitive account” of his conduct leading up to his conviction, as well as any opportunities missed.

The second part will consider wider issues around policing, such as vetting practices, professional standards and discipline as well as workplace behaviour.

Today’s leader column welcomed the inquiry, but argued that it should not be used as an excuse for inaction now.

Only yesterday, a woman reported being “violently assaulted” by a man in a bar at the Midland Hotel, within the conference’s so-called “secure zone”.

Elsewhere in the paper, Professor Neil Ferguson has told MPs that the UK does not have much “headroom” for rising Covid-19 cases before the NHS becomes “heavily stressed”.

In the comment pages, Tony Blair writes that Africa needs support if it is to play its part in the drive for net-zero carbon emissions.

While City Editor Oscar Williams-Grut argues that the WhatsApp outage and Facebook Files show why Mark Zuckerberg shouldn’t be allowed to mark his own homework.

And finally, Get Outta Her Way: Kylie Minogue is moving back to Australia after 30 years in London.

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