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Sarah Everard: Police search supermarket carpark and river in Kent 30 miles from where 33-year-old’s body was found

Written by on 16 March 2021

Police investigating the murder of Sarah Everard are searching various parts of a town 30 miles from where her body was found.

Police divers were seen searching the River Stour in Sandwich, Kent, while other officers looked under cars and in a trolley shelter outside a supermarket in the town.

Sandwich Town Council said it was in contact with Kent Police on behalf of Scotland Yard as part of the investigation and urged residents not to gather near the scene.

Live updates on Sarah Everard investigation and protests

Ms Everard was last seen at 9.30pm Wednesday 3 March in Clapham Image: Sarah Everard went missing on 3 March A group of police divers were seen assisting in the search Image: A group of police divers were seen assisting in the search

Ms Everard, 33, went missing while walking home from a friend’s house in south London on 3 March.

Human remains were later found in an area of woodland near Ashford, Kent, which were subsequently identified as Ms Everard’s.

Serving police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, has been charged with the marketing executive’s kidnap and murder.

Officers were seen using sticks to search through a trolley shelter at the Co-op supermarket in Sandwich earlier on Monday, while their colleagues looked under vehicles.

At the edge of a cordon, a number of officers gathered and were seen discussing over a piece of jewellery, which was then put in an evidence bag.

A unit of divers from Devon and Cornwall were sent to the scene, with officers seen in the waters of the Stour.

Metropolitan Police officers have also set up a separate scene with a tent and equipment in the Guildhall car park.

“Police have requested that residents do not gather trying to ascertain information or details,” the local council said in a statement on Sunday.

Police examine trolleys at a Co-op in Sandwich, Kent Image: Police examine trolleys at a Co-op in Sandwich, Kent Police have been searching areas of London and Kent Image: Police have been searching areas of London and Kent

The Met said police have been routinely searching areas of London and Kent as part of the investigation.

The latest development follows a weekend of protests and vigils as women expressed their anger at the murder, the continued harassment of women on the streets, and policing.

Planned vigils for Ms Everard, organised by Reclaim These Streets, were cancelled but hundreds still turned out at events across the country.

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‘Deeply disturbing’ arrests at vigil

At a vigil in Clapham Common on Saturday, police officers were seen grabbing and handcuffing women in scenes that were widely condemned – with Boris Johnson saying he was “deeply concerned” by the events.

On Sunday, hundreds of protesters angry at policing at the vigil marched from Scotland Yard to Parliament Square and chanted “shame on you” at officers.

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