Mayor of West Yorkshire reacts to sentencing of Wayne Couzens

Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire, has welcomed the whole of life sentence handed down to Wayne Couzens today for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard, following her abduction in South London.

Tracy, said: “Overwhelmingly, my thoughts remain with Sarah’s family, loved ones, friends, and everyone affected by this truly horrifying incident.

“Although there is little comfort to those who miss Sarah dearly, the sentence handed down today at the very least, means this vile individual will never again be able to harm women in our communities.

“The terrible details of this case are deeply shocking and troubling. Trust in our police service is of the upmost importance and what we’ve heard during this hearing will have undoubtedly caused serious damage, which we must collectively rebuild.

“Sadly, this is not the only incident we have seen nationally where the safety of women and girls is in question and the death of Sabina Nessa in the capital is yet another reminder of why we must urgently address these issues.

“It is a subject which remains a core pledge in my manifesto and is extremely close to my heart, and that of my Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime. We must do everything in our power, locally and nationally, to turn the tide against gender-based violence and improve safety.”