Shame of Met
THE gross incompetence of the Met Police over Wayne Couzens shames Dame Cressida Dick’s force yet again.
A series of blunders left the cop at large to rape and murder Sarah Everard, a stranger he kidnapped at random on the capital’s streets.
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He was dubbed “The Rapist” at his old job — but put through no enhanced vetting before becoming an armed officer.
Nor was he made to serve two full years’ probation at the Met.
Nor, far more gravely, was he probed by Kent cops after apparently being seen driving naked from the waist down. Nor by the Met for indecent exposure three days before Sarah’s killing.
Police had chances to stop him. Instead, unhindered, he is suspected of using his warrant card to entice Sarah into his car and reassure her she was safe riding home with him.
We welcome that 12 officers in different forces face a misconduct inquiry.
We are sick of probes into the Met ending in vapid assurances about lessons being learned across the board. The people to blame for this predator being on the streets should be held to account.
But what of the Met’s hapless chief?
Dame Cressida ran the operation in which innocent Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead on the Tube in 2005.
She was behind Operation Midland, the disastrous, life-wrecking 2014 probe which swallowed a paedophile fantasist’s lies about child sex abuse by VIPs.
She commands a painfully politically-correct Met which has proven feeble at policing destructive, lawless protests by Extinction Rebellion and others.
We don’t doubt her force’s dedication to catching Couzens after the murder. Nor that her cops feel betrayed by him. Nor the sincerity of her apology to Sarah’s family.
But isn’t Dame Cressida tired of having to make them?
Yes we Kane
HOW slowly the hours tick down to the biggest night in English football in 55 years. We’re practically counting the seconds.
We know the Three Lions can pull it off. But Italy are our toughest foes yet.
Win or lose, Gareth’s lads made history merely by reaching our first major final since 1966, in the process uniting a nation which has spent so long divided.
And though they may have lifestyles far beyond the dreams of Bobby Moore’s team, as we detail on Pages 26 and 27, they are superb role models just as admirable as the humble heroes of ’66.
Add to that their world-class talent. Their diversity reflecting modern Britain.
And the mental steel, shown in the magnificent fightback against the Danes, which lifts them above so many past England sides.
They are an exceptional young bunch led by a truly inspirational man.
Whatever the result, England’s football future is brighter than for generations.
Good luck, lads, from all at The Sun. Bring it home!
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