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.
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.
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.
"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."