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Mother of murder victim: Halliwell will be getting 'sick kick' out of police search

In an exclusive interview with ITV News, the mother of a young woman murdered 13 years ago says the news that a former home of her daughter's killer is being searched for more possible victims has shocked her.

The detective leading the inquiry into the multiple murderer Christopher Halliwell say they are extending the excavation at his former home in Swindon.

Halliwell is serving a whole life sentence for the murders of Sian O'Callaghan and Becky Godden.

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Karen Edward's daughter Becky was killed 13 years ago - her family finally got justice in September 2016, when Halliwell was found guilty of her murder.

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People are saying they're looking for bodies. Im afraid it's not going to be a body - it's going to be human remains, as I had with Becky.

It's pretty grim, but it has to be done if you want the closure.

– Karen Edwards

You can watch her full interview with our reporter Robert Murphy below:


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Police search of double murderer's former home extended

The search at a former home of double murderer Christopher Halliwell is to be extended into next week.

The operation at 96 Broad Street in Swindon began on Monday and was expected to last for five days.

Work at the site will pause for the weekend on Friday, and we will reconvene and commence searching once again on Monday next week.

– DCI Jeremy Carter, Wiltshire Police

Police say the search is intelligence led, based on new information, and they emphasise they are not sure if they'll find anything.

Police have never searched the exterior of the property before and say that the search is unrelated to the current owners.


Cannabis worth over £1 million found in bunker

Cannabis, with a street value of more than a million pounds, has been found inside a nuclear bunker in Wiltshire.

Police raided the former Ministry of Defence site at Chilmark, near Salisbury.

Nearly 20 rooms, over two floors, were commercially producing the crop and six men have been arrested.

Caron Bell has been inside the decommissioned bunker and has this report.

Caron spoke to Detective Inspector Paul Franklin and Sergeant Simon Wright from Wiltshire Police.


First day of inquest into death of boy at Topshop

Kaden Reddick Credit: Family handout

An inquest opened today into the death of a school-boy who was fatally injured at a Topshop store in the Oracle Centre in Reading.

The inquest was told that 10 year-old Kaden Reddick was in the store with his mother, siblings and grandmother.

His mother was paying at the till and Kaden was nearby.

The coroner said a display, also described as a queue barrier, had fallen and hit Kaden on the head.

He was pronounced dead at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

A detective from Thames Valley Police told the inquest that Arcadia, the group that owns Topshop, reacted quickly and all their stores worldwide were closed until the queue barriers were removed.

The inquest has been adjourned.

Police search of murderer's former home extended

Credit: Wiltshire Police

Forensic teams will spend another week searching the former home of convicted killer Christopher Halliwell in Swindon.

Major excavation work has been taking place in the gardens of two properties in Broad Street where Halliwell lived between 1997 and 2001.

The former taxi driver is currently serving a life sentence for killing Sian O'Callaghan in 2001 and Becky Godden in 2003.

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