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    Does anybody else think the information The Met have released about Wayne Couzens, the officer who’s been arrested and charged with the murder and kidnap of Sarah Everard is dodgy?

    My concerns are that they have claimed he is 48, a rookie cop with just over 2 years service yet was working in the diplomatic protection unit and had previously worked protecting nuclear power stations.

    I find this most strange, not only is he quite old to be joining the police, (at the age of 45/46 if at 48 he’s only served 2 years), yet he has already served in 2 of what are considered elite, (and normally armed), divisions of the police.

    Surely, it’s not normal for a recent recruit just out of his probationary period, (I understand that police officers have to go through a 2 year probationary training period when they first join), to be posted to 1 elite armed unit, never mind 2?

    I’d have expected a police officer to have at least 5 years service in and passed at the minimum firearms and close personal protection courses to be even considered for one of these units, so from that I think it’s reasonable to ask is Wayne Couzens who they say he is?

    My guess is that he’s not the rookie cop The Met claim he is, possibly a military specialist who’s been seconded to the police, thus his strange postings considering he should only just be out of his probationary period.

    Does anybody else think his age and postings are odd in the circumstances?


    #68992 Reply

    Excellent post, @Holmey. Couzens sounds like just the sort of type who would do certain kinds of “job” for the sharp end of the state (and not just for the state in the strict sense) – ex-military, with some service in elite police units, covered with tattoos, and with strongly hinted-at gangland family connections. (A car garage was “run by the Couzens family” – for almost 50 years – in Dover.) Got to wonder whether he knew his way around the paintballing place too.

    Did he work at more than one nuclear power station? I only knew about Dungeness.

    He has 2 years in the Metropolitan Police Service, but 10 years in the police because the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, which he joined in 2011 (source) is also a police force. It’s armed and Couzens carried a shooter when he was in it. He is said to have worked at the “family-owned and now derelict” garage for 20 years (e.g. here), but another source (the Sun) says he worked there for “around 12 years”. The disparity may suggest there was disquiet in “official circles” about how to handle his time at the CNC, years during which he seems to have had other responsibilities than simply guarding the gate and the perimeter fence. According to the page at that second link, “He was initially based at the CNC’s Dungeness site in Kent and also worked on escorts and ­counter-terror duties elsewhere.” “Initially” makes it sound as though he was only based at Dungeness for a short period of time beginning in 2011, so what exactly was he doing in the years running up to 2018 when he joined the Met?

    Who did he escort? Where was the “elsewhere”? As for “counter-terror”, that’s straightaway very different from just guarding buildings.

    He may be very knowledgeable about
    a) “emergency driving” (“escort” work) and
    b) how to get hold of cars for deniable jobs (garage connections).

    What have you got on his army service? Reports say he served for 2 years in the Army Reserve (formerly known as the Territorial Army) in the 3rd battalion, the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, in 2002-04.

    He is reported to have worked as a special constable too. Dunno for how long.

    Also have you looked at Sarah Everard’s father, a professor of electronics specialising in microwaves and communication technology and who was paid for years by weapons company BAE? He also has background with GEC Marconi. His academic post is at York University and he lives in York. One has to wonder whether he has connections with the US NSA sigint base in Menwith Hill, near Harrogate. One question is what ongoing potential contracts does his current work connect to. Easy to imagine that someone might wish to kidnap his daughter in that kind of connection and without anything to do with sex crime.

    There’s also the connection through her boyfriend Josh Lowth to Big Pharma and the Drug Delivery and Formation conference he has been organising, which is going on right now.

    As for the “friend” whose house she was at immediately before she was last seen alive, as far as I am aware he or she has not been named yet.

    The “willy in the restaurant” thing sounds like a “legend”. A PaDP cop who suddenly went crazy and did something like that would be taken off duty right away, I would have thought. Such procedures have to be followed because otherwise a person who is licenced to carry a gun in the vicinity of e.g. the prime minister is open to getting blackmailed by a foreign power. Or the story was a way to bring the IPCA in. Perhaps something other than an exposure of a body part happened in the restaurant (or its car park). It’s an open secret that the IPCA intimidates witnesses. Or perhaps it was a combination of “legend” and “access door for the IPCA”. As a “legend” it helps build deniability. Deniability means they can drop him in the sh*t if a job f*cks up. Certainly his RECENT record has now had a) “willy waver”, b) repeated willy waver, c) “headbanger”, and d) “man who bangs his head a second time even after he is being closely watched after doing it the first time” written on it.

    A working hypothesis would be that Couzens is a combination of a hardman who is called on to do certain kinds of “jobs” “in a service fashion” for the state – and for interests with state connections – and in this particular case also a patsy. He may of course be either or both of those things and also a sex criminal, but then again he may not be.

    Last, any idea what the magistrate meant when he said after 4 days of custody that he didn’t have the authority to hear an application for bail? That suggests that the Terrorism Act has been invoked, or that it can be said later if necessary that it was invoked. Certainly – and this is not speculation – there are national security considerations here, even going only by what we know is Couzens’s current paid employment.

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    Wayne Couzens’s wife Elena, seemingly a dual citizen of the Ukraine and Britain, is a biochemist who works at Medical Engineering Technologies Limited. The company says it has delivered “testing” to “medical device and pharmaceutical companies in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, and the USA” and that it is “a world leading CRO [Contract Research Organisation – N_ note] for combination device and pre-filled syringe testing“. It has laboratories in Britain and France.

    #69006 Reply

    Civil Nuclear Constabulary advice to prospective recruits:

    * “In order to successfully apply to become a police officer in the CNC you must achieve both police and National Security Vetting.”

    * review of tattoos

    * “We won’t accept applications from anyone who is, or has been, a member of the BNP or similar organisations.”
    (Many members of the Army Reserve are neo-Nazis.)

    * “Some business interests may prevent you from joining the CNC. This also includes any of your family’s business interests. Please get in contact with the recruitment team on 0330 3135 401 if:
    You run any other business or are employed or hired in any other business
    Any of your relatives, including spouse, owns a shop
    Your spouse or any other relative holds a licence relating to liquor, refreshment houses, betting/gaming, or a place of entertainment”

    Interesting. Looks like they try to keep gangsters out. I wonder what the CNC thought of the fact that WC’s “family-run garage in Dover”. Tattoos too. Also any political interests he may have had when in the Army Reserve. Oh and those regular trips to the Ukraine must have been carefully looked at.

    #69097 Reply

    While I consider myself far from a conspiracy theorist, the more I learn about Sarah Everard’s abduction and murder and the suspect arrested for the deed, the bigger my bald patch grows due to head scratching, as I learn more, things are adding up even less, the whole scenario screams that something just isn’t right 🙁


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    Colin Smith

    Escort duties in the nuclear constabulary typically means fuel cycle movements between manufacturing, waste storage and reprocessing sites. The UK has had contracts with other countries for fuel / waste processing, so these could either be uk road transport or international air and marine transport.

    #69838 Reply
    James Morrison

    I have not read all of this article But it was beginning to take shape similar to The Jo Cox situation where Thomas Mair is doing time for something he allegedly didn’t do, See Richard D Hall.

    #69842 Reply
    Roger Gough

    N refers to the Magistrate declining to hear an application for bail “after 4 days” Certainly in times past the defence would need to arrange for a bail request to be heard by ‘a judge in chambers’ (held in camera at a Crown Court). So, the Magistrate’s Court had made its decision and that could only be challenged at a higher court. Effectively an appeal against the initial decision.

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