Divers from Devon and Cornwall in Sarah Everard investigation

A specialist marine diving team from Devon and Cornwall Police is assisting with the investigation into the death of Sarah Everard.

It comes as police officers have been seen combing a supermarket car park in the town of Sandwich, Kent, with specialist divers seen searching a stretch of water.

PA Media reports that a specialist marine unit from Devon and Cornwall Police is on the scene providing assistance, with officers believed to be preparing to search in the water of the River Stour, which runs through the town of Sandwich.

Large portions of the town have been cordoned off by officers today (March 15) by officers investigating the death of the 33-year-old marketing executive, who went missing while walking home from a friend’s flat in South London on March 3.

Serving Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, has been charged with the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard.

Divers carrying breathing tanks were seen heading towards The Ropewalk near the town centre, and once there, were lowered into a stretch of water and began moving slowly along.

Police divers search near Rope Walk in Sandwich, Kent, after a body found hidden in woodland at Ashford was identified as that of 33-year-old Sarah Everard.
Police divers search near Rope Walk in Sandwich, Kent, after a body found hidden in woodland at Ashford was identified as that of 33-year-old Sarah Everard.
(Image: PA Media)

On Sunday, Sandwich Town Council said it is in contact with Kent Police on behalf of Scotland Yard as part of the investigation.

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

The Met Police said Couzens joined the force two years ago in September 2018 when he worked for a response team covering the Bromley area, before moving to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in February last year.

Devon and Cornwall Police would not confirm if they were assisting Metropolitan Police with their enquiries into the death of Sarah Everard.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “We’re working with a number of other forces and agencies as part of the investigation.”

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