Groups of residents gathered on Sunday, hours after Amber was reported missing, to begin searching.
Using the Ladybrook pub as the hub of the operation, hundreds of men, women and children, spent Sunday, Monday and most of Tuesday knocking on doors, handing out leaflets, searching parks, woods and scrubland for any trace of Amber.
But many are aggrieved at what they saw as a delayed reaction from the police.
Danielle Blount, who helped organise the community search parties, said: “Everybody who I have spoken to all have the same opinion, the police were slow on the uptake.
“I asked one officer why it took so long for them to get involved, but they did not answer.
“We wanted an authority figure to organise us, but they were not there quick enough and did not have enough presence.”
Why..? You seemed to be doing pretty well on your own!
What would ‘an authority figure’ have brought to the search that you didn’t..?
Just hours before the body was found, police had thanked those who had gathered at the The Ladybrook pub for another evening or searching, but said they would be heading up the operation from that point.
Many, who had spent the previous days combing the area, were unhappy with that announcement.
Make up your minds! Either you want them to take control, or you don’t…