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Police issue update as Sarah Everard searches in Kent end

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Original article from Kent Live

Searches in Kent following the death of Sarah Everard have been completed, KentLive can reveal.

The 33-year-old went missing in London on the night of March 3 and was found a week later in a woodland just outside of Ashford.

Following the discovery of her body on March 10, the Metropolitan Police launched a series of searches in a number of Kent towns – including Deal, Dover and Sandwich.

However, after two weeks of investigating in the county, the police presence will now decrease, the Met Police has confirmed.

The force reiterated that local officers will continue to carry out patrols however to ‘reassure residents’.

Serving Metropolitan Police officer, Wayne Couzens, has been charged with the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard and is due in court in July for a plea hearing.

The searches in Kent initially focused on the abandoned leisure park in Great Chart where Sarah’s body was found, a property in Deal and another site in Dover, near the Western Heights.

Hundreds of police officers descended on Great Chart Leisure & Golf during the Sarah Everard search

Police teams also cordoned off large sections of Sandwich last week as they investigated areas surrounding Rope Walk and The Butts.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “Police have been conducting searches at a number of locations in Kent in what has been a complex and fast-moving investigation into the murder of Sarah Everard.

"Operational activity at these sites has been completed and police presence will decrease. Local officers will continue to carry out patrols to reassure residents.

"Detectives will not be discussing what may or may not have been recovered during these searches, as is routine.

"We would like to thank colleagues from Kent, Devon and Cornwall and Avon and Somerset Police, who have provided invaluable support and assistance while searches have taken place.

The police cordon in Sandwich last week

"We would also like to extend our thanks to local residents in Kent for their continued patience and understanding, as well as a local golf course/ complex owner in Bears Lane, Ashford who generously allowed the use of his land as a rendezvous point for police.

"The absolute priority of the Metropolitan Police Service is to ensure that justice is achieved for Sarah and her family.

"We urge the public and media to continue to use caution when reporting any investigative details around the circumstances of Sarah’s kidnap and murder."

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