Kent

Benenden death: Police wait to quiz murder suspect

  • 6 February 2016
  • From the section Kent
Media captionFootage captured by a passenger shows armed police walking up and down the carriage

Detectives are still waiting to question a man detained in connection with the death of a woman.

Kent Police launched a manhunt to locate the 54-year-old suspect after the body of Caroline Andrews, 52, was found at a property in The Street.

He was located in the London area on Friday and taken to hospital for treatment for injuries.

A police spokesman said he remained in hospital and his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The man's detention follows an extensive county-wide hunt involving armed officers, which saw police carry out searches throughout the county, including on the rail network.

A police cordon was put in place outside the large property in Benenden - a bungalow called Greenacres - on a sprawling private estate opposite the village green.

The scene is close to the exclusive Benenden School.

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Image caption A police cordon remains in place
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Image caption Neighbours described "an accumulation of police vehicles"

'Loved and respected'

Mrs Andrews was a supply teacher at Benenden CE School in the village.

Head teacher Gill Knox said staff had been left shocked and saddened.

She said: "Caroline and her family live in the village and are well known to the school.

"Caroline has been a loved and well-respected supply teacher here for a number of years, who has enriched the lives of the many children she has taught.

"At the present time, we cannot comment on what has happened but our thoughts and prayers are with her family, and all who knew her and will miss her."

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Image caption The property is off the village's main street

Neighbour Derek Catlin described Mrs Andrews and her family as "normal, very pleasant people".

He said police arrived at about 16:30 GMT on Thursday with "an accumulation of vehicles - probably three police cars".

Another Benenden resident, Karen Callaghan, said: "It's very sad for the village. Everyone knows everyone round here. The locals have been here a long time."

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