The man accused of murdering missing Dartford woman, Sarah Wellgreen, will not stand trial until late September after he was originally due to appear in court next week.

Ben Lacomba, 38, was due to appear before Maidstone Crown Court on June 18 charged with the murder of the missing mum-of-five who disappeared from the New Ash Green area in October of last year.

However, Kent Police have since confirmed that the trial date has been delayed until September 30 at the earliest.

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A statement released by the Search for Sarah Wellgreen Facebook page, which is managed by volunteers who organised local search parties when Ms Wellgreen first disappeared, reads: "Sarah’s family are continuing to cope with life despite still not having found her body and being able to lay her to rest.

"Kent Police continue to put out their search teams and we still have our own team of volunteer victim recovery dogs doing their very best to find her.

"We will keep you all updated as and when we have any news to share.

"Thanks again for your all your support."

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Sarah Wellgreen was last seen in the Bazes Shaw area of New Ash Green on October 9. She has not made contact with police or her family since then and police have been treating her disappearance as a potential murder.

Police said the only thing missing from her home when she went missing was her black iPhone, and there have been no new transactions on her bank or credit cards.

Since Ms Wellgreen’s disappearance, police officers have searched woodland near Bluewater shopping centre and areas in Greenhithe near the River Thames.

The search for Sarah Wellgreen continues.