Sarah Everard

Met Police officer Wayne Couzens has pleaded guilty to the murder of Sarah Everard. The firearms officer snatched her as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham on 3 March, driving her away in a car he had hired. The 33-year-old’s body was found a week later in woodland near Ashford, Kent, metres from land owned by Couzens. She had been raped and strangled.

Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick was in court when Couzens pleaded guilty.

Speaking outside the Old Bailey, she said she felt ‘sickened, angered and devastated’. She added: ‘They are dreadful and everyone in policing feels betrayed. Sarah was a fantastic, talented young woman with her whole life ahead of her and that has been snatched away.’

Tromode Road

After a successful initial public consultation held on Tuesday, the DoI has arranged a further public consultation to meet demand and for those unable to attend the initial meeting.  The next meeting will be held at the Cronkbourne Cricket Club on Tuesday July 20 at 7pm.

The gov’s scheme has three primary objectives:

  1. Improving the substandard road widths and alignments
  2. Building river flood defence wall
  3. Improving pedestrian and cycle infrastructure to encourage active travel

Public Libraries

A consultation has been launched today on the provision and funding of public libraries.

The short survey aims to gather views of the public on what services and facilities they’d like to see in their local libraries, how a mobile library service could operate and how future funding should be structured.

The CoMin Libraries Working Party report summarises the current situation in respect of library provision, and the recommendations contained within provide options for the future provision of public libraries and how they continue to be funded.

The report is available to download from the consultation page. The public libraries consultation is available online through the Consultation Hub and will be open for six weeks, closing on Friday August 20. Paper copies of the consultation are available on request by calling 686620 or emailing

Cyber Isles

The gov has announced the return of CyberIsle, the island’s flagship, annual cyber security conference. Following on from the success of the first conference in 2019, and the virtual conference in 2020 – the third conference will again be a live event.

Registration is now open for the free event, which takes place on Tuesday October 19 2021, at the Villa Marina in Douglas, and is open to all. The theme for CYBERISLE 2021 will be resilience and aims to explain what steps can be taken at home, at work and within the community to respond when a cyber-security incident occurs. 

Given the likelihood that we will all at some point experience some form of cyber-security incident the conference has as its working title: ‘Resilience – Not if, but when – and then how to recover’.

Registrations can be made online at

Bank Holiday Monday

Prime minister Boris Johnson is coming under pressure to give workers a one-off bank holiday if England win the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. A petition on the Parliament website passed 320,000 signatures on Friday. It says an extra day off would help families to watch the match together.

Raw Sewage Dump

Southern Water has been fined £90m for deliberately dumping billions of litres of raw sewage into the sea. The company admitted 6,971 illegal spills from 17 sites in Hampshire, Kent and West Sussex between 2010 and 2015. Justice Jeremy Johnson said the offences had been ‘committed deliberately’ by Southern Water’s board of directors at the time.

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