Police probing Sarah Everard’s murder find piece of gold jewellery as divers search river

Police searching a tourist town 35 miles from woodland where murdered Sarah Everard was found have discovered a piece of gold jewellery.

Teams of officers massed in Sandwich, Kent, this morning as they continued the search for evidence for their investigation into the killing of the marketing manager, 33.

Police are understood to be searching for any evidence to assist the investigation and also her mobile phone which has not yet been recovered. 

This lunchtime they were seen placing a gold necklace into an evidence bag as scuba suit clad divers searched through the waters of the Delf Stream. It is understood it was found on top of a car park ticket machine.

Ms Everard went missing on March 3 as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London

An onlooker told MailOnline: ‘The main car park area is closed and they have closed the whole of the ropewalk area.

‘They look like they are going to look in the recycling bins. It’s understood police have still have not found Sarah’s phone, so the talk here is that the phone is what they are looking for.

A gold necklace taken by police probing the murder of Sarah Everard today in Kent after a member of the public spotted it

A gold necklace taken by police probing the murder of Sarah Everard today in Kent after a member of the public spotted it

A gold necklace taken by police probing the murder of Sarah Everard today in Kent after a member of the public spotted it

Police divers in scuba suits prepare to enter the Delf Stream to continue the search today as the investigation continued

Police divers in scuba suits prepare to enter the Delf Stream to continue the search today as the investigation continued

Police divers in scuba suits prepare to enter the Delf Stream to continue the search today as the investigation continued

Divers are scouring the waters in Sandwich, Kent, for any clues that can help in their probe, with Sarah's phone still missing

Divers are scouring the waters in Sandwich, Kent, for any clues that can help in their probe, with Sarah's phone still missing

Divers are scouring the waters in Sandwich, Kent, for any clues that can help in their probe, with Sarah’s phone still missing

An map of Sandwich shows where police are currently operating in their search for clues for the Sarah Everard murder case

An map of Sandwich shows where police are currently operating in their search for clues for the Sarah Everard murder case

An map of Sandwich shows where police are currently operating in their search for clues for the Sarah Everard murder case

Teams of officers were seen on their way to begin searches for the Sarah Everard investigation at the start of the day

Teams of officers were seen on their way to begin searches for the Sarah Everard investigation at the start of the day

Teams of officers were seen on their way to begin searches for the Sarah Everard investigation at the start of the day

Picture from Metropolitan Police showing Sarah Everard, 33, who went missing on March 3

Picture from Metropolitan Police showing Sarah Everard, 33, who went missing on March 3

Picture from Metropolitan Police showing Sarah Everard, 33, who went missing on March 3

The Rope Walk area of the town has been cordoned off for further investigation by officers

The Rope Walk area of the town has been cordoned off for further investigation by officers

The Rope Walk area of the town has been cordoned off for further investigation by officers

‘It also looks as though they are preparing to look in the waters around the area.

‘This is some 35 miles away from the woodland where Sarah’s remains were found.’

Met police said they would not be giving a running commentary but added searches were ongoing.

Sandwich Town Council said it was in contact with Kent Police on behalf of as part of the investigation.

Officers were seen looking under vehicles in a car park by a Co-operative supermarket while another was seen examining lines of trolleys.

A large portion of another car park in the town is cordoned off with officers behind the perimeter seen dressing in wellies and overalls.  

Wayne Couzens, 48, has been charged with the murder and kidnap of Sarah Everard, 33

Wayne Couzens, 48, has been charged with the murder and kidnap of Sarah Everard, 33

Wayne Couzens, 48, has been charged with the murder and kidnap of Sarah Everard, 33

Artist's drawing of Wayne Couzens appearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on Saturday

Artist's drawing of Wayne Couzens appearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on Saturday

Artist’s drawing of Wayne Couzens appearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on Saturday

Police in Sandwich, Kent, this morning investigating the murder of Sarah Everard, 33

Police in Sandwich, Kent, this morning investigating the murder of Sarah Everard, 33

Police in Sandwich, Kent, this morning investigating the murder of Sarah Everard, 33

Search teams were seen putting on wellington boots ahead of their searches today

Search teams were seen putting on wellington boots ahead of their searches today

Search teams were seen putting on wellington boots ahead of their searches today

Wayne Couzens, a serving Metropolitan Police officer has been charged with Ms Everard’s murder and kidnap after she disappeared as she walked home to Brixton from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, on March 3.

The 48-year-old, from Deal, appeared in court to confirm his name and address during a short hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.  

The court heard Miss Everard’s body was found inside a builder’s bag in Kent and identified through the use of dental records.

Appearing in court wearing a grey tracksuit and bearing a red mark on his head, Couzens stood as the charges were put to him before being remanded in custody before his case is sent to the Old Bailey on March 16.

The Met Police revealed that Couzens joined the force two years ago in September 2018 when he worked for a response team covering the Bromley area.

He then moved to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in February last year.

Officers trained in conducting evidence searches were driven down to Sandwich this morning

Officers trained in conducting evidence searches were driven down to Sandwich this morning

Officers trained in conducting evidence searches were driven down to Sandwich this morning

The police workers were equipped with sticks used to look in water and large grassy areas

The police workers were equipped with sticks used to look in water and large grassy areas

The police workers were equipped with sticks used to look in water and large grassy areas

All of the police staff were in forensic gloves to make sure any evidence was not contaminated

All of the police staff were in forensic gloves to make sure any evidence was not contaminated

All of the police staff were in forensic gloves to make sure any evidence was not contaminated

It comes as the Met Police are facing criticism of how it acted at a vigil held for Sarah. 

Dame Cressida Dick, 60, was fighting for her job today after criticism of how her force policed Saturday’s protest, with officers seen handcuffing screaming women who had gathered in Ms Everard’s memory.

She has said her officers were right to break up the event, which saw thousands of people – mainly women – break Covid rules to gather on Clapham Common in south London.

Dame Cressida has said the tragedy makes her ‘utterly determined’ to hold onto her job as the force’s first female leader, and she spoke to Boris Johnson on the phone yesterday, who alongside Home Secretary Priti Patel are believed to support her. 

The disappearance of Sarah Everard and the arrest of armed policeman Wayne Couzens

March 3: Sarah disappeared after leaving friend’s home Clapham around 9pm. She leaves out of her friend’s back gate and speaks to her boyfriend on the phone for 15 minutes.  

March 5: Sarah’s family share missing posters of her after they become increasingly concerned that she is still not home, spreading the word online with links to the Missing People charity.

March 6: Met Police release an appeal, saying Sarah was thought to have walked through Clapham Common, heading towards Brixton home, a journey of 50 minutes. They say they are not certain she ever arrived home.

March 7: Police release footage of Ms Everard and say she was walking alone on A205 Poynders Road towards Tulse Hill when she was last seen on CCTV, which has not been released to the police.

March 8: Specialist officers are drafted and 120 calls from public come in. A door-to-door operation sees police speak to 750 families.

March 9: Police search gardens near Ms Everard’s route and nearby Oaklands Estate.

Officers also search a pond in Clapham Common and drains along the A205.

Cordon around the Poynders Court housing complex on Poynders Road, forensics officers on scene.

11.59pm: Met police officer Wayne Couzens arrested in Kent on suspicion of kidnap. A woman in her 30s is arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Neighbours say they spotted a Land Rover containing two men watching the property for two hours before around 20 officers raided the house. 

March 10: Specialist police search team arrives in Kent. They search Couzens’ home and garden as well as nearby Betteshanger Park which is around two-and-a-half- miles from the house as well as an abandoned leisure complex in Great Chart near Ashford. 

8pm: Dame Cressida Dick confirms human remains were found in woodland in Ashford, Kent in the search for Sarah.  She was unable to confirm whether the remains belonged to the missing woman. 

March 11:  10am: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was ‘shocked and deeply saddened by the developments in the Sarah Everard investigation’, adding ‘we must work fast to find all the answers to this horrifying crime’.

Home Secretary Priti Patel added: ‘Every woman should feel safe to walk on our streets without fear of harassment or violence. At this deeply sad and tragic time as we think and pray for Sarah and her family’. 

4pm: Police later confirm the suspect was treated in hospital for a head injury sustained while in custody, before being returned to a police station.

Ms Everard’s family release a statement paying tribute to her as a ‘shining example to us all’, adding that she ‘brought so much joy to our lives’.

The Met reveals an extension to the suspect’s detention was granted by a magistrates’ court, while the woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender is released on bail to return to a police station on a date in mid-April. 

6pm: Organisers of a vigil for Ms Everard say they are seeking legal action against the Met after claiming the force reversed its position on allowing the event planned for March 13 to go ahead.

March 12: Searches ramp up in the tunnels carved into the White Cliffs of Dover that run around and below Couzens’ former family garage. 

Teams remain at Couzens’ home in Deal and in woodland near Ashford where human remains were found. 

2pm: Scotland Yard confirms the body found in Kent woodland is Sarah. Her family have been informed.

9pm: Wayne Couzens is charged with the murder and kidnapping of Miss Everard. 

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