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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.

Police re-arrest two people over Nicola Payne mystery

Two people have this morning been re-arrested over the disappearance of mother-of-one Nicola Payne, who went missing 22 years ago.

Nicola Payne was 18 when she went missing in Coventry Credit: ITV News Central

A 50-year-old man was re-arrested on suspicion of Nicola’s murder and abduction at his home address in Coventry at 7.30am this morning, while a 51-year-old woman was re-arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Both had been arrested over 18-year-old Nicola's disappearance on a previous occasion - and police today said the re-arrests came after new evidence was discovered.

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Police hunt suspect in 1991 missing mother inquiry

A man arrested in connection with the disappearance of a Coventry mother more than 20 years ago is being hunted by police after failing to answer bail.

The 49-year-old man, whom West Midlands Police are not naming, was arrested in December on suspicion of abduction and murder by detectives investigating the disappearance of Nicola Payne in Coventry in 1991.

Nicola Payne disappeared from Coventry in 1991. Credit: PA/Family Handout

A force spokesman said: "Police in Coventry are actively seeking a man after he failed to answer his bail yesterday."

18-year-old Nicola Payne disappeared as she walked to her parents' home on December 14. 1991. Her son Owen was seven months old.

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