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Human remains believed to be missing Mark Manning

Human remains believed to be those of a former bomb disposal expert who disappeared more than two years ago have been found in West Sussex.

Detectives from the Surrey and Sussex major crime team said the as-yet-unidentified remains were discovered on land near Slaugham on Wednesday. The family of 54-year-old Mark Manning have been told of the development, which comes more than two years after relatives reported him missing.

Mark Manning has been missing since 19th April 2014 Credit: Sussex Police

Sussex Police said a 50-year-old man from Portslade has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and prevention of a lawful burial.

Mr Manning, of Brighton Road, Lancing, worked for the Mines Advisory Group, a charity backed by Diana, Princess of Wales, which removes landmines and other hazards in some of the world's poorest countries.

He was last seen on April 19 2014 and was reported missing three days later by relatives who described his disappearance as completely out of character.

Colin Gale, 39, of Offington Lane, Worthing, was charged with the murder of Mr Manning in January. He will stand trial at Lewes Crown Court on July 4th.

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Human remains are missing woman

The human remains discovered in Old Basing have been identified as missing woman Jacqueline Windsor. The 24-year-old went missing from Basingstoke in April 2006. Jacqueline’s family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.The death is not being treated as suspicious.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Canal boat body still a mystery

Thames Valley Police have failed to identify a man found dead on a canal boat in Oxfordshire.

The human remains were found following a fire onboard the boat moored on the canal near to the Peartree Roundabout at Wolvercote on November the 16th.

Det Insp Mike Lynch, leading the investigation, said: "We have been working hard to positively identify the person involved. We have so far established the human remains were from the body of an adult male."


The owner of the boat was earlier this week named as 49-year-old Kevin Pryor. Police are continuing to urge anyone who has information on Mr Pryor's movements in the past few weeks to get in touch.

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