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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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Wiltshire Police conducting searches in Swindon

“Searches are being conducted in the gardens and garages of two properties in Broad Street over this coming week.

“Whilst we do not have plans, at this stage, to search inside the properties there will be some disruption to the occupants. I would like to make it clear that those living at the addresses have no involvement in the investigation and we thank them for their understanding and patience.

“Although we are unable to comment on the nature of our enquiries, we can say that we are acting on intelligence received.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Jeremy Carter, Wiltshire Police

“We understand that this activity may cause concern for the local community and residents can expect to see a police cordon in place within the alleyways in Broad Street for the next five days. This should not impact upon other local residents. Officers will continue to patrol the vicinity and will be available for anyone who has any concerns relating to the searches.”

– Superintendent Charlie Armstrong, Wiltshire Police

Police search garden of convicted killer

Credit: Wiltshire Police

ITV News understands that Wiltshire Police are searching the garden of murderer Christopher Halliwell's former home in Swindon.

Two properties, believed to be on the same street, are being searched.

The operation is expected to last a couple of days.

Police say it's 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.

Specialist officers are currently carrying out excavation work within the gardens of two properties within Broad Street as part of an ongoing investigation being carried out by the Brunel Major Crime Investigation Team. This relates to intelligence that the force has received. We are unable to comment further at this time.

– Wiltshire Police statement

Halliwell, a Swindon taxi driver, was jailed for a whole life term, after being found guilty of murdering Becky Godden.

The 52 year-old was already serving a life sentence for the murder of Sian O’Callaghan in 2011.

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Woman dies in hospital following devastating house fire

Firefighters were called to the property in Manchester Road on Sunday night Credit: Viewer footage

A woman who was seriously injured in a fire at a house in Swindon has died.

The 30-year-old was taken to hospital along with two other adults and a baby girl after the blaze broke out on Sunday evening in Manchester Road. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Fire officers will be on hand at the nearby mosque to offer support to local residents.

An investigation is underway into what caused the fire Credit: Wiltshire Fire and Rescue

"This facility is to support people in this community during what is a difficult time for those living here.

"Not only will this give local people a central meeting point to come together but also reassurance through the fire prevention advice available.

"Police officers will also be on hand to give reassurance and listen to anyone who may want to give additional information to help our enquiries."

– Superintendent Charlie Armstrong
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