Ruth Langsford has insisted she’s not lost her faith in the police, following the murder of Sarah Everard by Wayne Couzens, who was a serving police officer at the time.
The Met’s reputation has been battered by the case, which saw Couzens kidnap, rape and murder 33-year-old Everard, who he falsely arrested using his warrant card.
This week he was jailed for life, with the fall out continuing to raise difficult questions for the Met, which was also criticised for its handling of a vigil to Everard. Following the sentencing, the Met was also ridiculed for suggesting women should ‘wave down a bus’ if they don’t trust a cop.
Today it was also announced a serving Metropolitan Police officer from the same unit as Couzens has been charged with rape.
PC David Carrick, 46, from Stevenage, was arrested in Hertfordshire on Saturday and suspended from the force. He remains in custody and is due to appear at Hatfield Remand Court via video-link today.
It followed new research that suggests at least 15 police officers have killed women in the past 12 years.
Discussing Sarah Everard’s murder and the recent guidance from the Met, the Loose Women discussed the wavering faith in cops today.
Leading the panel, Ruth said: ‘A lot of people are saying women have lost their faith in the police. I have to say, I haven’t. I think you can’t tar everybody with the same brush.’
She added: ‘But I think women are very nervous, aren’t they?’
In response, Strictly Come Dancing star Judi Love shared her own experience with the police and recalled being stopped, fearing the colour of her skin would see her treated differently.
Saying she has been stopped on different occasions and has had different experiences with police, Judi explained: ‘What people are having is power, once that power gets into the wrong hands…as a woman myself, I’ve been stopped by the police before. To be honest with you, the main issue, my first initial worry is the colour of my skin, am I gonna be treated different?
‘When the situation happened with Sarah Everard, it was a real wake-up call, the other issues happening to other women who might not feel like the colour of their skin is not gonna be the first thing they’re gonna be judged upon…but actually just being a female, I feel like we’re at a stage we have to look out for each other.’
Judi went on, in regards to the suggestion all serving officers should be vetted again: ‘Let’s get real and say these are normal people who have come into a position where they know they have power and with that that is where the danger comes. Vetting is a must.’
Jane Moore chimed in: ‘There is an argument for anonymous call line for serving police officers…who maybe thought there was something dodgy about [Wayne Couzens], they can report that anonymous and he gets looked into.’
Insisting ‘we need that trust in them’, Ruth went on to read the guidance that confirmed while you can be searched by a lone police officer, in the case of an arrest a police van is required.
Loose Women returns 12.30pm on ITV.