British police have been authorised to charge Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens with murder and kidnapping relating to the death of Sarah Everard.

Mr Couzens will appear at Westminster magistrates' court tomorrow for his first hearing. 

Rosemary Ainslie, head of special crime at the UK Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following a referral of evidence by the Metropolitan Police related to the death of Sarah Everard, the CPS has authorised the police to charge Wayne Couzens with murder and kidnapping.

"The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges to a court to consider."

Earlier today, British police confirmed that a body found in a wood outside London was that of Ms Everard, whose disappearance last week has sparked anger and fears among women about their safety.

Ms Everard, 33, disappeared while walking home from a friend's house in south London last Wednesday.

The case has led to an outpouring of personal accounts by women of their own experiences and fears of walking streets alone at night.

Speaking outside the London police headquarters earlier today, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave confirmed a body found two days ago was that of the missing woman.

Before the remains were formally identified, Ms Everard's family had paid tribute to their "beautiful daughter Sarah".

Police who were searching for Sarah Everard found human remains in an area of woodland in Ashford in Kent, on Wednesday.

"I can now confirm that it is the body of Sarah Everard. Clearly Sarah's family have been updated with this most distressing news," Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said this afternoon.