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Detectives continue to search remote farmland

Sian O'Callaghan Credit: Wiltshire Police

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in Wiltshire will continue searching remote farmland later.

Christopher Halliwell Credit: Wiltshire Police

Officers recovered the boots Sian O'Callaghan was wearing on the night she vanished in a pond in Ramsbury last week. The 22-year-old was killed after leaving a nightclub in Swindon in 2011. Minicab driver Christopher Halliwell was jailed for life for her murder.

One of Sian's boots recovered from a pond in Ramsbury Credit: ITV News
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Search for evidence will continue for a week

The search for evidence in the Sian O'Callaghan murder investigation will continue over the weekend and into next week.

Specialist search teams are carefully draining the pond in Ramsbury, Wiltshire, so that fingertip searches can take place of the silt at the bottom. This is a meticulous process, which involves officers from across Wiltshire and Avon and Somerset Police.

Seach continues in the Sian O'Callaghan murder investigation


Shot gun found by police investigating woman's murder

Shot gun found by police this afternoon Credit: Wiltshire Police

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in Wiltshire have found a shot gun near a pond in Ramsbury. Officers also discovered a pair of boots that are believed to belong to Sian O'Callaghan.

At about 4pm officers found a single barrelled shotgun. Detectives are keeping an open mind as to why the gun would be in this location. Sian O’Callaghan, who was 22 and from Swindon, was abducted and brutally murdered in March 2011.

Searches will continue over the weekend with fingertip searches and a specialist dive team from Avon and Somerset.

Police carry out extensive search in Wiltshire murder case development

The brown 'New Look' left boot belonging to the office worker was found on Wednesday floating in a pond two miles from the village of Ramsbury, near Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Today a second boot was recovered from the pond by police divers and is thought to be Miss O'Callaghan's right boot, which she was wearing when she vanished.

Halliwell, a 50-year-old taxi driver, is serving a life sentence after admitting the murder of the 22-year-old.

Miss O'Callaghan was abducted and brutally murdered in March 2011 after leaving a nightclub in the Old Town area of Swindon.

Extensive searches are being carried out in the area, including the use of a specialist dive team from Avon and Somerset and cadaver dogs from South Wales.

This is an important find and we are conducting thorough and detailed searches of the area. There are other items of Sian's property outstanding including her mobile phone and other personal belongings, we will be focusing the search for these items but keeping an open mind on what we might find.

– Detective Chief Inspector, Sean Memory, Wiltshire Police


Petrol price wars: Rural drivers feel the pinch

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General view of petrol pumps Credit: PA Images

Rural motorists are beginning to feel petrol price pressure at the pumps again, according to the Hampshire-based AA.

Average UK petrol prices went back above 130p a litre at the end of April and continue to hover around that level.

But the AA, based in Basingstoke, said that a war in which supermarkets have pitted vouchers against rock-bottom pump prices means the cheapest petrol in many big towns and cities is at year-lows of just under 126p.

It added that in small rural towns, where major supermarket competition was less fierce, the price gap between them and cheaper major towns has started to grow again to 4p a litre.

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General view of petrol pumps Credit: PA Images

AA president Edmund King said: "While supermarkets, faced recently with worse sales figures when fuel is factored in, have held their fire on pump price increases in cities and major towns, there are signs that some of them and other retailers are getting price-trigger-happy again in rural towns.

"A 2p increase in the wholesale price of petrol through March into April may justify that but, if pump prices stay higher while costs continue to fall back, rural drivers will be tempted to look elsewhere for cheaper fuel."

Can Manston's closure be averted?

by Nashreen Issa @NashITV

Talks that could have saved Manston Airport in Kent from closure have collapsed. Meridian sources say negotiations between the airport's owners and a potential buyer broke up in disagreement over the asking price of around 8 million pounds.

But we understand there's a second potential investor who could yet salvage the deal. Our reporter Nashreen Issa has the story.

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