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Police discourage speculation into Halliwell's 'other victims'

Christopher Halliwell was convicted of his second murder last week

Wiltshire Police has issued a statement to discourage speculation into who else convicted murderer Christopher Halliwell may have killed.

The Swindon taxi driver was jailed for a whole life term last week, 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.

While the force admits that it is "conceivable" there may be more victims, it is urging against further speculation, at the risk of upsetting families.

It comes as former detective Steve Fulcher has been naming potential victims in a series of media interviews.

We strongly discourage speculation as this will cause further distress to families and friends of people who are currently missing across the Country, who will clearly be desperate to have news of their loved ones.

We would however welcome any new information from the public, or indeed, from Halliwell himself.

Christopher Halliwell will no longer be a danger to the public following his whole life tariff sentence. Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of Sian and Becky who have shown great dignity and strength throughout.

– Wiltshire Police spokesperson


86 year old man missing

Police are concerned for the health and welfare of 86-year-old Michael Ralph Irwin who went missing from Combe Martin, Ilfracombe around 10am today.

Michael Irwin, missing man Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Mr Irwin is white, 5'8" tall and of stocky build and is unshaven with unkempt white/grey short hair. He is thought to be driving a pale blue Vauxhall Meriva, registration number GL07 UFN.

It is believed that he has two dogs with him, a collie cross and a border collie.

The photo of Mr Irwin is approximately 13 years old.

If you see a man or a vehicle matching these descriptions, please call 999 immediately quoting log number 219 of September 26th 2016

Giant tuna discovered in River Severn

The tuna was spotted by paddle boarders over the weekend Credit: Kev Brady

A giant 7 ft-long tuna has been found in the River Severn - despite being 30 miles from the sea.

Adventurer Kev Brady found the dead fish while paddle boarding.

It is believed to have been tempted into British waters by rising sea temperatures and was probably chasing salmon upstream when it reached Minsterworth.

This last week we have had some massive tides so it's probably followed the salmon and everything else up the river.

You do not usually get tuna in British waters but as the water temperature increases, they are getting spotted more and more.

The water temperature in the River Severn is about 17 degrees Celsius, which is really warm for this time of year.

– Dai Francis, Severn and Wye Smokery
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