Police cordon off flats in search for missing Sarah Everard

OFFICERS searching in London for a missing woman from York have cordoned off a block of flats near to where she was last seen.

The cordon extends along Poynders Road from Rodenhurst Road to Cavendish Road in Clapham,south London, and forensics officers have been seen at the flats.

Police were searching hedges, bins and drains earlier today as the hunt for Sarah Everard continued, almost a week after she disappeared.

Friends and relatives have issued urgent appeals on social media to help find the former Fulford School pupil, who has not been seen since leaving a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, at around 9pm last Wednesday.

Footage from a doorbell camera shows Ms Everard, 33, walking along the A205 Poynders Road towards Tulse Hill at around 9.30pm that night.

On Tuesday two police officers with sniffer dogs were seen searching outside the nearby Oaklands Estate and gardens in surrounding streets.

Other officers were lifting covers and searching drains along the A205.

Ms Everard, whose father is University of York professor Jeremy Everard, left her friend’s flat in Leathwaite Road in Clapham at around 9pm on to the A205 South Circular and is thought to have walked through Clapham Common towards her house in Brixton in a journey which should have taken around 50 minutes.

Her family have said it is “totally out of character” for her to disappear like this.

Women living in the area near where she vanished told reporters they had been warned by police to be extra vigilant.

Scotland Yard said no official advice was being given to local residents, but it would remind them of “normal personal safety advice”.

Investigators are not currently linking the disappearance to reports of women being followed in surrounding areas.

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, who is leading the Metropolitan Police’s investigation, provided an update on efforts to find Ms Everard on Monday afternoon.

She said: “This is definitely a missing persons investigation at the moment but I remain open-minded as to all possibilities in the investigation.”

DCI Goodwin said search efforts were continuing “at pace”.

She said: “We are currently knocking on doors. We’ve spoken to over 750 different people and addresses have been visited.

“We continue to receive hundreds of calls from the public. We’ve received over a hundred calls so far.”

She said police had reviewed hours of CCTV around Ms Everard’s movements on the night she was last seen.

DCI Goodwin also appealed for anyone with more footage to come forward, particularly people with a dash cam, such as delivery drivers, who may have been driving along Poynders Road at around 9pm on Wednesday.

“The evidence that you have on your dash cam could be absolutely vital to finding Sarah,” she said.

Ms Everard 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.

In an earlier statement, Ms Everard’s family said: “With every day that goes by we are getting more worried about Sarah.

“She is always in regular contact with us and with her friends and it is totally out of character for her to disappear like this. We long to see her and want nothing more than for her to be found safe and well.

“We are so grateful to the police and all our friends for all they are doing.

“We are desperate for news and if anyone knows anything about what has happened to her, we would urge you to please come forward and speak to the police. No piece of information is too insignificant.”

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