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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:



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.


Police remove wheelie bins from Halliwell's former home

Police have removed dozens of sealed wheelie bins from the former home of double murderer Christopher Halliwell.

A major search operation is underway at the property in Swindon following "new intelligence". Part of the garden and surrounding area have been dug up as officers look for evidence which may link Halliwell to more killings.

Forensic teams are expected to carry out tests on the contents of the bins over the next few days.

Boy aged 11 arrested following primary school burglary

An 11-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of burglary at a primary school in Swindon.

The youngster was arrested alongside two 13-year-old boys following two break ins at Goddard Park Primary School.

An Apple MacBook, iMac Computers and an i-Pad were stolen in the incidents.

The three boys have since been released on bail following the break ins, the first on December 13 and the second between December 20 and December 28.

The break ins happened in December at Goddard Park Primary School in Swindon Credit: Google Earth

Police are keen to hear from anyone with information.

We would like to hear from anyone who may have heard or seen anything suspicious in this area during these range of dates.

Also, has anyone tried to sell you any of the items above or have you seen them for sale anywhere? If so please contact me.

– PC Tracy McClafferty
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