A court's heard how a man groomed a troubled and vulnerable teenage girl before murdering her and disposing of her body.
Paige Chivers was 15 when she went missing in Blackpool seven-years-ago.
Robert Ewing, 60, was said to have had an inappropriate sexual interest in Paige.
He's accused of her murder while co-defendant Gareth Dewhurst, 46, is charged with a sex offence and perverting the course of justice
Our correspondent Rob Smith has been following the case at Preston Crown Court:
A man groomed a "very troubled and vulnerable" 15-year-old girl before he murdered her and then disposed of her body, a jury has heard.Read the full story ›
Paige was a "very troubled but also very vulnerable young girl," say the prosecution. She'd "issues" with underage drinking, drugs and sex.
Jurors hear that Robert Ewing told a former neighbour that he was going to help Paige to "run away and vanish" so she could escape "abuse."
Police bugged Robert Ewing's home, and Gareth Dewhurst's car, says Brian Cummings QC.
Jurors at Preston told covert recordings reveal both men talking about the Paige inquiry and what would happen if police found anything.
The Paige Chivers murder trial has been adjourned for the day, after the prosecution opening. It resumes tomorrow morning.
The trial of a man accused of murdering the missing teenager, Paige Chivers, has begun. Robert Ewing, 60, from Bispham, denies the charge.
Another man, Gareth Dewhurst - 45, from Blackpool - denies a sexual offence, perverting the course of justice, and assisting an offender.
Prosecution say Paige Chivers, 15 and from Blackpool, went missing in August 2007. They tell jurors she's dead and that Mr Ewing killed her.
The court's told that Mr Dewhurst helped to dispose of Paige's body, and carried out a serious sexual offence.
Jury are told that the prosecution allege that Robert Ewing had an "inappropriate sexual interest" in Paige. She used to "stay the night."
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We have remained committed to seeing this historic and vital air link to Blackpool reopen, and we are hugely satisfied to once again be able to offer this route to our customers.
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Police are appealing for information about a missing mother from Blackpool and her three-year-old son.
Addi Donald, 21, and her son Roman Fontalba-Donald were last seen together on Sunday March 22 at around 4pm.
It is thought that they could still be in and around the Blackpool area.
Addi is described as mixed race of a petite build with long dark hair. Roman is described as olive skinned with short dark brown hair.
It has been five days since Addi and her son where last seen and we are growing increasingly concerned about their whereabouts.
We are urging Addi to get in touch with us on the 101 phone number, or call in at any police station. If Addi sees this appeal I want to reassure her that our priority is the welfare of both her and Roman and getting them home safe and well.
Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101.