Scotland Yard forensic team searches Kenya beach for kidnap Briton

 

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Forensics officers from Scotland Yard were yesterday combing a beach on a remote Kenyan island from which a British holidaymaker was abducted six days ago.

Two policemen dressed in sterile body suits searched the area around Kiwayu Safari Village, where Judith Tebbutt was abducted in an attack in which her husband was shot dead.

A Metropolitan Police team is in Kenya to help local authorities with their investigations. Kenyan officers are reported to have arrested two men suspected of involvement in Mr Tebbutt's murder and his widow's kidnapping. They are being questioned.

Mr Tebbutt, 57, from Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, was shot when a gang raided the couple's beach cottage in the early hours of Sunday morning.

His wife, who is believed to be deaf and to wear a double hearing aid, is said to have been bundled into a boat which sped away from the isolated island resort, whose previous guests have included the artist Tracey Emin and the actress Imelda Staunton. It is feared that Mrs Tebbutt, 56, may have been taken across the border into Somalia.

It has been reported that a group from Somalia called Ras Kamboni, with links to the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, claimed responsibility for the attack, but police have yet to identify the culprits.

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