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Mother and daughter assaulted as flat 'ransacked' by two men

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Police in Swindon say they are urgently seeking the public’s help to find two men after a flat in the town was ransacked late last night - with two women assaulted.

A couple who live in an upstairs flat in Rodbourne Road had gone out at about 11pm, leaving the woman’s 52-year-old mother alone watching TV.

A short time later, two men broke in by smashing their way through the glass front door. The woman was pinned to the sofa and threatened by the men, who were demanding money. One of the men stabbed her in the arm and thigh.

The men then ransacked the flat, ripping the wardrobe doors off their hinges and slashing the sofa.

When they heard the couple returning, one of them punched the older woman in the face before running downstairs and punching the woman’s daughter.

They escaped in a black VW Passat.

This was a traumatic and violent experience for both the mother and her daughter.

– Det Sgt Scott Anger

The men are described as being of Middle eastern appearance, in their late 20s, of average height and medium build and each wearing hoodies.

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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.

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