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Police search canal in murder inquiry

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Police divers are searching a canal as part of an inquiry into the suspected murder of a man from Nottingham. James Brodie disappeared in 2003 shortly after the murder of Mansfield jeweller Marian Bates. The search at East Heckington in Lincolnshire is due to last the week.

Dean Betton, who's 32 and from Raleigh Street in Radford, is accused of his murder. Two men aged 31 and 34 remain on bail whilst further inquiries are carried out.

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Man bailed over Brodie inquiry

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A 34-year old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of James Brodie has been bailed.

James Brodie, who was 19, is believed to have gone missing shortly after jeweller Marian Bates was shot dead during a robbery at the Time Centre, Arnold, in September 2003.

Last week searches at Maize Farm, in East Heckington, Lincolnshire, resulted in a number of samples being sent off for further scientific tests.

Dean Betton, 32, of Raleigh Street, Radford, has been charged with James Brodie’s murder.

A 31-year-old man, who was also arrested on suspicion of James Brodie’s murder, was released on bail, pending further enquiries.

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Man charged over James Brodie murder

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Police have charged a man with the murder of James Brodie.

Dean Betton, 32, of Raleigh Street, Radford is due to appear before Lincoln magistrates tomorrow (Sat).

A 31-year-old man, who was also arrested on suspicion of Brodie’s murder, has been released on bail.

James Brodie, who was 19, is believed to have gone missing in September 2003. He has not made any contact with family or friends in more than nine years.

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Local men arrested for the murder of James Brodie

Two men have been arrested over the murder of James Brodie – the man wanted by police over the shooting of a jeweller in Nottingham.

The men – one from Nottinghamshire, the other Derbyshire – were arrested at separate addresses this morning and are now being questioned at Grantham police station.

Specialist officers have arrived at Maize Farm in East Heckington, Lincolnshire, where they're carrying out an in-depth search into the whereabouts of James Brodie.

Underground imagery equipment, Cadaver dogs – who search for human remains, and forensic archaeologists have now joined the search.

It's expected that an excavation may take place in the next few days.

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Specialist teams join the search for Brodie's body

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Waterproof suits belonging to specialist diving units at Maize Farm, East Heckington, Lincolnshire, are joining the search for James Brodie's body.

Police here are scanning the area for evidence into the whereabouts of Brodie who's suspected of killing jeweller Marion Bates at her shop in Nottingham, in September 2003.

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Police search for body at Lincolnshire farm

Police are searching a farm in Lincolnshire, in connection with the suspected murder of a man wanted for a string of armed robberies. James Brodie went missing shortly after jeweller Marian Bates, from Mansfield, was shot dead during a robbery in Nottingham almost ten years ago.

Specialist search teams are at Maize Farm, in East Heckington. Brodie who was 20-years old at the time, was also wanted for three armed robberies and a racially aggravated assault, all of which were committed in a 12-hour period three weeks before Mrs Bates was killed.

Over the years all the evidence we have collated suggests that James Brodie is dead. We have launched a murder investigation and as part of that our efforts to find him will continue.

For the sake of James’s family, we have never given up on this case, and our investigation will continue to find him.

– Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin, Nottinghamshire Police