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The family of Nicola Payne who disappeared 23 years ago, have been at Birmingham Magistrates Court as two men appear charged with her muder.
Melaine Eales, the Nicola's aunt, reads a statement on the family's behalf.
DI Martin Slevin from West Midlands Police speaking outside of court.
Two men charged with murdering a young mother who disappeared more than 23 years ago have been remanded in custody by a court.
Nigel Barwell, 50, of Copperas Street, and Thomas O'Reilly, 50, of Ribble Road, both Coventry, are accused of killing 18-year-old Nicola Payne in the city in 1991.
They appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court, where they spoke only to confirm their names, addresses and that they understood the charge against them.
Nicola, who left behind a seven-month-old son, has not been seen since December 1991, when she left her boyfriend's house to return to her parents' home nearby.
Nicola's father, John Payne, was among the family and friends who packed into the court's public gallery for the hearing.
Barwell and O'Reilly were remanded in custody to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on January 30.
Two men will appear in court today charged with the abduction and murder of missing Coventry mother Nicola Payne who disappeared 23 years ago.
Nigel Barwell, 51, and Thomas O'Reilly, 50, have been charged with the 18-year-old's killing.
She went missing on 14 December 1991 while she walking from her boyfriend's house to her parent's. Her body has never been found.
Two men have been charged with the murder of missing Coventry mother Nicola Payne, who disappeared 23 years ago.
West Midlands Police said the charges "follow months of extensive enquiries."
Timeline of events
- Nicola goes missing on 14th December 1991 after leaving her boyfriend's house. A number of police searches come to nothing.
- 2007: Detectives re-examine the case with Nicola's parents making a fresh appeal for information.
- 2012: Investigation reopened after new information comes to light
- 2013: Police announced a forensic breakthrough and arrest two men later released on bail.
- A three-day search of woodland at Coombe Abbey Park near Coventry uncovers "items of interest"
- Today: Two men arrested in 2013 are charged with Nicola's abduction and murder
Nigel Barwell, 51, of Copperas Street, and Thomas O'Reilly, 50, of Ribble Road will appear before magistrates tomorrow, charged with her murder.
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Damaged cars including Land Rovers have been driven off the stricken carrier Hoegh Osaka in Southampton.
The 51,000-tonne ship has a cargo for 1,400 cars and 105 pieces of construction equipment worth a total of £60 million.
Of the 1,400 cars onboard, 1,200 were made by Coventry-based Jaguar Land Rover.
ITV News Meridian has filmed a number of damaged vehicles being removed today.
The 18-year-old went missing in 1991, and her body has never been found.Read the full story ›