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Police "never gave up" in Brodie search

James Brodie has not been seen since the murder of Marian Bates in 2003. Police say he is a suspect in the killing - but believe he too has since died. They have carried out a number of searches over the years and say they haven't given hope of finding out what happened to him.

Here's Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin from the East Midlands Major Crime and Homicide Unit.

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Police search for body of suspected killer

Police are searching a farm in Lincolnshire where they believe the body of a suspected killer may be. Brodie went missing after jeweller Marian Bates, from Mansfield, was shot dead during a robbery in Nottingham, in September 2003.

James Brodie was wanted for a string of robberies Credit: Calendar news

James Brodie went missing after the shooting. He was wanted by police for other armed robberies three weeks before Mrs Bates was shot.

Marion Bates Credit: Calendar news

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
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