Cops searching Sarah Wellgreen analyse new CCTV of hooded man ‘acting suspiciously’ five days after mum-of-five disappeared

POLICE searching for missing mum Sarah Wellgreen have been analysing newly emerged CCTV of hooded man “acting suspiciously” five days after she disappeared.

The grainy black-and-white stills reportedly prompted police to deploy specialist divers to scour mudflats near the scene of the footage in Kent on Thursday.

Police are analysing this CCTV, which emerged after a police appeal into the disappearance of Sarah Wellgreen

They show a Vauxhall Zafira parked on a side street in Greenhithe and a hooded motorist, who spends eight minutes in the area.

A source close to the investigation told the Mail On Sunday: “The driver’s actions are extremely suspicious.”

Initially, the driver remains in the vehicle before getting out and walking towards a play area by a wall running along the riverbank, but returns to his car less than a minute later.

Divers from Kent Police’s search and marine unit spent hours wading through the heavy mud while a high-tech drone was also deployed last Thursday.

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Sarah Wellgreen, 46, disappeared from her home three weeks ago[/caption]


Ben Lacomba shared the property with Sarah[/caption]

The following day, police raided the end-of-terrace house the 46-year-old beautician shared with taxi driver ex Ben Lacomna in New Ash Green.

Police said forensics officers and sniffer dogs were searching the property, which is around a 20-minute drive from Greenhithe, after receiving “new information”.

The CCTV footage is said to have come to light following a police appeal last week.

Ms Wellgreen was in the process of trying to buy out Mr Lacomba, the father of three of her children, when she vanished.


Mr Lacomba outside the property this afternoon[/caption]

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The door of the property after police searched the home of the missing mum[/caption]

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The doorway has been left boarded up after cops forced entry[/caption]

He was arrested last month and quizzed over Sarah’s disappearance but has since been freed on bail – and his father insists his son has done nothing wrong.

Mr Lacomba was seen leaving the house at around 1pm – around four hours after police arrived – in a red Vauxhall Zafira with the name of local taxi firm “All Night Cabs” emblazoned on the side.

It is not known if he was at home at the time police swooped on the house.

It is understood police have returned to the property following “information received by the investigation team”.

One neighbour, a woman who asked not to be named, said: “I saw about six officers breaking into the house. I knew it must be something to do with the search.

Ben Lacomba is the father of Sarah’s three children
Police were seen searching the property today
The front door appeared to have been smashed in by police

“They just got out the van and went straight to the house – it was obvious what they were doing as they were going straight there.

“I was in my car and all I could see was an object in the air, I didn’t know what it was.”

Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Chris Greenstreet said on Friday: “Officers are continuing to search a number of areas in north and west Kent in connection with identified lines of enquiry.

“Following information received by the investigation team, a further search of a property in New Ash Green is being carried out this morning.”

Searches are taking place at two properties in Kent


Police sniffer dogs were seen entering the property[/caption]

The search was launched following the emergence of ‘new information’

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Scores of officers arrived at the scene this morning[/caption]

It is understood a further residential address in New Ash Green was also being searched as part of the ongoing investigation.

Sarah was still living with Mr Lacomba, 38, when she vanished on October 9.

They shared the home in New Ash Green for the sake of their three children but she had secured a mortgage to buy him out.

Her new partner Neil James, 45, said her need to live with Ben forced their own relationship to end briefly this summer.

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Police search for missing mum-of-five Sarah Wellgreen in the River Thames[/caption]

Detectives had previously trawled land near the Bluewater Shopping Centre
Mr Lacomba had shared the house with Sarah
Sarah Wellgreen
Sarah Wellgreen’s boyfriend Neil James says the couple had planned to marry in Mallorca before she disappeared

But they reunited and planned to wed in Guildford with another ceremony in Majorca – where Sarah once lived with Mr Lacomba.

Sarah, 46 — who police believe may have been murdered — disappeared from her home three weeks ago and has not been seen since. The beauty therapist has missed the birthday of one of her children.

Police also scoured an area opposite the Bluewater Shopping Centre earlier this week.


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