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Sarah Everard police ‘searching wooded area in Kent’ after Met officer arrested

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Police investigating Sarah Everard's disappearance are reportedly searching a wooded area in Kent after arresting a serving Metropolitan Police officer.

The 33-year-old has not been seen or heard from since she left her friend's house in Clapham, south London, at around 9pm on Wednesday, March 3.

Two arrests have already been made, including a Met Police officer in Kent.

A woman has also been arrested at the same location on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Officers are currently searching woods in Kent, according to Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt.

The Daily Star has approached the force for comment.

Nick Ephgrave, Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, called the arrests "shocking" and "deeply disturbing" on Wednesday, March 10.

He also said the officer was not on duty at the time Sarah went missing.

Asked if he believed she might still be alive, the officer responded: "We are searching as hard as we can to find Sarah so we really hope that is the case, of course."

The force has not revealed what the officer has been arrested for, and Mr Ephgrave would not say whether the person knows Sarah.

He told reporters at Scotland Yard: "This is a serious and significant development in our search for Sarah and the fact that the man who has been arrested is a serving Metropolitan Police officer is both shocking and deeply disturbing."

He said detectives are working "at all speed" to find out what has happened to Ms Everard, and repeated appeals for members of the public to come forward with information.

Turning to the 33-year-old's family, who along with her friends have issued desperate appeals for help via social media, he said: "As a father myself of four young women I can only imagine the anguish that Sarah's family are feeling at this very very difficult time."

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, who specialise in homicides and major crime, earlier took over the investigation.

Sarah left Leathwaite Road at around 9pm on to the A205 South Circular and is thought to have walked through Clapham Common toward her house in Brixton in a journey which should have taken around 50 minutes, Scotland Yard said.

A fresh CCTV image – understood to have been discovered on a private doorbell-type camera – captured her walking alone along the A205 Poynders road, from the junction at Cavendish Road, toward Tulse Hill, which lies just south of Brixton.

It appears to suggest she walked through Clapham Common and was walking towards her home, although the force said it is unclear whether she did return to her house.

Sarah was last seen wearing a green rain jacket, navy blue trousers with a white diamond pattern, and turquoise and orange trainers. She is thought to have been wearing green earphones and a white beanie hat.

Detectives searching for her have canvassed around 750 homes and received more than 120 calls from the public.

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin said: “This is a fast-moving investigation and we are doing everything we can to find Sarah.

“We have seen an overwhelming response from the public and I repeat my request for anyone with information that may be relevant to come forward, no matter how insignificant it may seem.”

  • Missing Person
  • MET Police

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