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Police search country park for missing mother

Here is a video of the scene at Coventry's Coombe Abbey Country Park today. Police are searching the woodland for missing mother Nicola Payne.

Our reporter Andy Bevan is there:

Police vow to continue Nicola Payne search

It's the 24th anniversary of Nicola's disappearance Credit: West Midlands Police

Police investigating the disappearance of Nicola Payne have vowed to continue their efforts to finding her remains and bring closure to her family.

Today is the 24th anniversary of Nicola’s disappearance and the officer leading the investigation into her death has appealed for anyone who still has information to come forward.

“Following the result of the recent criminal trial, where two men were acquitted of Nicola ’s murder, West Midlands Police has begun a review of the investigation. We remain as committed as ever to achieving justice for Nicola , her family and the wider community and vow to pursue those responsible for Nicola ’s death to ensure this takes place."

“Our priority at this time remains to locate Nicola ’s remains so that she may finally be laid to rest and give her family some closure. We appeal for anyone with any information regarding this, who have not previously contacted us to do so."

– Detective Inspector Martin Slevin, Force CID,

There is still a £10,000 reward in place for information leading to locating Nicola.


Third person bailed in Nicola Payne investigation

Police have released a third man on bail, as part of their investigation into the disappearance of Coventry mother, Nicola Payne.

The 49-year-old man was re-arrested in Coventry earlier today, on suspicion of murder and abduction.

Police arrested and bailed two other people yesterday. A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and abduction, and a 51-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

All three are on police bail until the summer pending further enquiries.

Police: Community may hold key to Nicola mystery

Detectives investigating the disappearance of a Coventry mother more than 22 years ago today said they believed the community may hold the key to solving the mystery of what happened to her.

It comes after the re-arrest of two people after new evidence was discovered - which officers say shows there are still people who have not spoken out before, who may have information vital to the case.

Investigating officer Det Insp Martin Slevin said investigations were still ongoing.

Today’s arrests show that there is still information held within the community that has not previously been known to the inquiry.

We continue to urge anyone that holds any relevant information to contact the incident room at Willenhall Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.

– DI Martin Slevin, West Midlands Police

He said Nicola's family had been told about the developments.

A £10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Nicola's location.

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