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Search for James Brodie continues

James Brodie Credit: ITV News Central

Officers investigating the suspected murder of a man from Nottingham will continue their search of farmland in Lincolnshire today.

James Brodie disappeared in 2003 after the death of Marian Bates, a jeweller who was shot dead by robbers in Arnold near Nottingham. Officers now believe he was also murdered.

Brodie who was 20-years old in 2003, was also wanted for three armed robberies and a racially aggravated assault.

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Farmland search for James Brodie who police believe was murdered

Police are searching farmland for the remains of a man who was a suspect in the murder of Nottingham jeweller, Marian Bates, almost 10 years ago.

James Brodie, 20-years old in 2003, disappeared from his home in Nottingham, shortly after Mrs Bates was shot.

Detectives have thought for some time that Brodie may have been murdered.

Search taking place in Lincolnshire for James Brodie

A five-day operation has begun at a farm in East Eckington, Lincolnshire, as police search for the remains of James Brodie.

Specialist search teams are at Maize Farm, investigating the disappearance of Brodie, who went missing shortly after jeweller Marian Bates was shot dead during a robbery at the Time Centre, in Arnold, in September 2003.

Brodie who was 20-years old in 2003, was also wanted for three armed robberies and a racially aggravated assault.

The police want to see those behind his possible murder brought to justice.

25 search specialists are on hand Credit: ITV News Central
The search is taking place at Maize Farm Credit: ITV News Central
Police dogs trained in sniffing out remains will be deployed in search of Brodie Credit: ITV News Central

Police searching for the body of a suspected killer

James Brodie
James Brodie Credit: ITV Central

Police are searching a farm in Lincolnshire for the body of a man they suspect killed a jeweller in an armed robbery in Nottingham a decade ago.

Marian Bates
Marian Bates Credit: ITV Central

Marian Bates was murdered at her shop in Arnold in September 2003. James Brodie, from Bulwell, went missing after the shooting. He was wanted by police for other armed robberies three weeks before Mrs Bates was shot.

East Eckington in Lincolnshire
East Eckington in Lincolnshire Credit: Google Maps

Detailed searches are now taking place at Maize farm in East Eckington in Lincolnshire.

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Police search for the body of James Brodie

Police are searching at a farm in Lincolnshire, in connection with the suspected murder of James Brodie.

Specialist search teams are at Maize Farm, in East Heckington, Lincolnshire, investigating the disappearance of Brodie, who went missing shortly after jeweller Marian Bates was shot dead during a robbery at the Time Centre, in Arnold, in September 2003.

Brodie who was 20-years old in 2003, 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 last nine years, he has not made any contact with family or friends in Nottingham.

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.

– Rob Griffin, Detective Chief Inspector
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