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More than 30 officers search Halliwell's former home

Police forensic teams investigating the murder of Becky Godden-Edwards are searching a house in Swindon, where convicted killer Christopher Halliwell used to live.

Crime scene specialists will be carrying out meticulous searches, removing flooring and examining spaces behind walls at the property in Ashbury Avenue. The team of more than 30 police staff is also working with dogs who can detect traces of blood, even after many years.

I can't eliminate this address until I have searched it thoroughly. That's why we are using a number of specialist resources, including blood dogs, specialist search officers and specialist scenes of crime officers today.

– Det Ch Insp Sean Memory, Wiltshire Police

Search of Halliwell's former home could take a week

Police activity in Ashbury Avenue, Swindon Credit: ITV News

Searches are taking place at the former home of Christopher Halliwell in Swindon.

Halliwell is serving life in jail for the murder of Sian O'Callaghan. He also led officers to the remains of Becky Godden-Edwards but the prosecution fell through because of errors in police procedure. She was last seen in December 2002 and now a major search is taking place at the house in Ashbury Avenue, where Halliwell used to live.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Memory is leading the search.

‘We are focusing our attention on this property as part of the ongoing investigation and have organised a specialist team comprised of over 30 staff. These officers are concentrating their search for any items which may be related to Becky’s murder or may assist with the investigation into her death.

We have a number of Crime Scene Investigators who will conduct meticulous fingertip searches of the property. This will include the removal of flooring, exploring space behind walls and in loft areas and a methodical search carried out until I am satisfied that the entire house has been thoroughly examined.

– Detective Chief Inspector Sean Memory, Wiltshire Police
Sniffer dogs have been brought in to help the search Credit: ITV News

Dogs have also been brought in to help the search for evidence.

Cadaver dogs from South Wales Police will also play a key part in the examination of the property; these dogs can detect minute traces of blood or human remains even if it has been there for many years. We are also receiving assistance from colleagues from other agencies who are providing specialist search equipment.

– Detective Chief Inspector Sean Memory, Wiltshire Police

House-to-house enquiries will be taking place in the area.

Police anticipate the operation will take about a week.


Home searched in Becky Godden murder investigation

A major search is taking place at 24 Ashbury Avenue in Swindon as police continue to investigate the murder of Becky Godden-Edwards Credit: ITV News

Police in Swindon have begun searching a house once occupied by Christopher Halliwell. Halliwell is serving life for the murder of Sian O'Callaghan, but a prosecution for a second murder, of Becky Godden-Edwards, collapsed due to errors in police procedure.

It's thought Halliwell lived at the house at 24 Ashbury Avenue until 2007, but police are stressing that the current occupants are not connected with the inquiry in any way.

Murder victim Becky Godden-Edwards Credit: Family

Latest on Swindon waste plant fire

Fire crews at Averies Recycling, the Swindon waste plant which burned for eight weeks Credit: ITV News

Councillors in Swindon are to hold public hearings about the Averies Recycling fire, and how future incidents can be prevented from causing so much disruption.

The fire began at Averies Recycling in Marshgate in July and burned for eight weeks.

The council has set up a special task force to consider issues of planning, fire and rescue, the environment and medical care.

This will include evidence from experts and personal perspectives from members of the public. There will be at least four public meetings before any recommendations are made.

These are likely to start in January 2015, but this all depends on the publication of a report by the Wiltshire and Swindon Local Resilience Forum, which met this week to discuss the fire.

Police issue image after women assaulted in Swindon

Police have issued an image of a man they want to speak to following a sex assault on two women in Swindon Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police have issued an image of a man they are looking for after two women were sexually assaulted in a churchyard in Swindon.

The two 19-year-old women were walking along Church Place in the early hours of Saturday morning, 1 November.

They were grabbed and forced into the churchyard where they were assaulted. After attempting to fight the man off, he eventually ran away.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time, or who recognises the man from the picture.


Swindon up to third after Chesterfield win

Swindon are up to third in League One.

Swindon Town have moved up to third place in League One after a convincing 3-0 win at Chesterfield.

Two goals in five minutes from Yaser Kasim and Nathan Byrne gave Town a 2-0 half-time lead.

Sub Andy Williams added the third 20 minutes from the end.

Swindon are 7 points behind leaders Bristol City, with a game in hand.

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