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Human remains found in hunt for missing Sarah Everard

The marketing executive went missing after leaving a friend’s home in Clapham late on 3 March.

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Updated Mar 10th 2021, 9:11 PM

HUMAN REMAINS HAVE been discovered in the hunt for missing Sarah Everard, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has said.

The discovery was made in an area of woodland in Ashford in Kent.

“We have found very sadly what appears to be human remains,” she said.

Ms Dick said: “At this early stage we are not able to confirm any identity and that may take us some considerable time.

“Specialist officers have been with Sarah’s family to update them on the investigation and continue to give them the best support possible.”

The Met Police announced earlier today that a diplomatic protection officer held over the disappearance of Sarah Everard has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The Metropolitan Police said the man, who is in his 40s and is part of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, was being questioned over suspected kidnap and murder.

Ms Dick said: “The news today that it was a Metropolitan Police officer who was arrested on suspicion of Sarah’s murder has sent shockwaves and anger through the public and through the Met.

“I speak on behalf of all my colleagues when I say that we are utterly appalled at this dreadful, dreadful news.

“Our job is to patrol the streets and to protect people.”

 Officers are searching areas in London and Kent, including a property in Deal and an area of woodland near Ashford.

The Met has also made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct. 

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Everard is thought to have walked through Clapham Common towards her house in Brixton – a journey which should have taken around 50 minutes.

She was last captured on a doorbell camera walking along the A205 Poynders Road towards Tulse Hill at around 9.30pm.

Yesterday evening, police put up a cordon outside a block of flats near where the footage was recorded.

The Met said it had received more than 120 calls from the public and had visited 750 homes in the area as part of the investigation.

- Additional reporting by Orla Dwyer.

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