Met team aids Kenya kidnap probe
A team of Met Police officers have travelled to Kenya to help authorities investigating the murder of a British holidaymaker and the kidnap of his wife.
Judith Tebbutt, 56, was snatched from the remote Kiwayu Safari Village, close to the Kenyan border with Somalia, by a gang who killed her 58-year-old husband David.
Scotland Yard has confirmed officers have travelled to Kenya to help the country's authorities, and a spokeswoman insisted the Kenyan authorities "remain the lead investigators".
Mr Tebbutt was shot when the gang raided the couple's beach cottage in the early hours of Sunday morning.
His wife, 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, which has hosted artist Tracey Emin and actress Imelda Staunton.
There has been speculation that the gang, thought to be from Somalia, are from al Qaida linked insurgent group al Shabab, which holds much of southern Somalia.
The Tebbutts, from Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, had come from visiting the Masai Mara game reserve and were the resort's only guests.
Police in Kenya are reported to have arrested a man suspected of being involved in Mr Tebbutt's murder and the kidnap of his widow.
The Ministry of Defence has refused to comment on reports that British special forces have been drafted in to help the rescue effort, and are compiling information to mount a rescue mission.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Kiwayu Safari Village said everyone at the resort was "devastated" by what had happened. "We wish to extend our deepest condolences to the Tebbutt family and their many friends. Our thoughts are with them as we pray for Judith's safe return," it added.