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Corrie McKeague search extended for another three weeks

Corrie McKeague went missing in September 2016. Credit: Suffolk Police

Police investigating the disappearance of missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague say they will continue searching a landfill site in Cambridgeshire for at least another three weeks.

The 23-year-old vanished following a night out in Bury St Edmunds in September.

Officers have spent the last 10 and a half weeks sifting through more than 3,500 tonnes of waste at the site in Milton, but haven't found any trace of the airman.

However, they say they have have discovered rubbish from Bury St Edmunds that dates back to the same time Corrie went missing.

As this type of search is so unusual, it was not known how the waste would have moved and as the work has progressed officers have gained a greater understanding of both how the waste is deposited and spread out, and the nature and construction of the site. Officers continue to take all of this into account as the search continues.

The work is under constant review and now, in week 11, in view of the dates on items still being found and advice from officers on the ground and the site team, it is likely the search will continue for at least three further weeks to ensure that the area holding waste from the relevant period is comprehensively examined.

– Suffolk Police spokesperson

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Merger of two Suffolk councils under consideration

St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Council are considering a merger. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Proposals to merge two West Suffolk councils which cover Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall are being discussed today.

The Leaders of St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Forest Heath District Council say joining together would give them more financial stability.

The councils already share some resources, and have saved £4 four million annually.

The merger could see just one leader and one cabinet running services across the districts, which also cover Haverhill and Newmarket.

The two councils already share some resources. Credit: ITV News Anglia

We already work closely but this could enable us to be both stronger together and more fleet of foot, to grasp commercial opportunities to further benefit our communities, deliver housing and talk to big business and Government.

– Cllr John Griffiths, Leader, St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Residents do not care what logo is on their bin but that we continue to empty them in the most cost effective way.

At the same time they want us to fight their corner nationally to make sure we get the best deal from Government.

– Cllr James Waters, Leader, Forest Heath District Council

Landfill search for missing Corrie McKeague to be extended

Corrie McKeague.

The search of a landfill site for the body of missing airman Corrie McKeague has revealed no evidence of what happened to him despite reaching its tenth week.

Officers have been through more than 3,000 tonnes of rubbish at the site in Milton, but his body has not been found in the area where they originally thought it might be.

The parameters of the search have now been widened. The total cost of the investigation has reached more than a million pounds.

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Search for Corrie has cost more than £1 million

Corrie McKeague

The hunt to find missing RAF airman Corrie McKeague has now cost Suffolk Police more than £1 million.

Police search teams have spent nearly eight months looking for the 23-year-old since he disappeared following a night out with friends in Bury St Edmunds on September 24.

It makes the case one of the most expensive missing person's investigations undertaken by Suffolk police forces.

Detectives are confident that Corrie is buried in landfill after data from a bin lorry showed that the rubbish collected from where he went missing could have carried his body.

Specialists are continuing to comb the tip in Milton, Cambs., where they have spent more than nine weeks sifting through 2,850 tonnes of rubbish.

Police search a landfill site for Corrie

The search is expected to be completed later in the month.

Pregnant girlfriend of Corrie McKeague shares selfie of the couple

April shared this picture of the couple and called it Credit: April Oliver

The pregnant girlfriend of the missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague has released a selfie of the pair, as she prepares to give birth to his child.

April-Louise Oliver simply entitled the picture "My world" with a heart emoji on Facebook. She discovered she was pregnant shortly after the 23 year old went missing after a night out in Bury St Edmunds last September.

April Oliver with Corrie McKeague Credit: April Oliver

The pair had been together for about five months after meeting on a dating site. The 21 year old is apparently due to give birth in the spring but Corrie did not know about the pregnancy.

Specialist police officers are still searching through waste at a landfill site in Milton in Cambridge. It's thought the search could take up to ten weeks.

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