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West Midlands Victims’ Commissioner Nicky Brennan said: “I welcome today’s sentence for Wayne Couzens.

“For a police officer in a position of trust, as he was, to kidnap, rape and murder a woman is disgusting and he rightly should receive this whole life sentence.

“There are lessons to be learnt for all police forces from the murder of Sarah Everard and we all need to put a much greater emphasis on women’s safety.

“This is something we are actively working on and the force’s Counter Corruption Unit proactively look for patterns of behaviour that could be problematic and cause a danger to the public.

“There is no getting away from the fact that violence against women and abuse of women needs to be tackled and a key part of that is challenging and changing the attitudes and behaviours of men who perpetrate that violence.”

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