MP calls for a review of police guidelines following the Halliwell case

Chris Halliwell was sentenced to life last week for the murder of Sian O'Callaghan Credit: Wiltshire Police

The MP for South Swindon has called for the Police and Criminal Evidence (Pace) Act guidelines to be re-examined after murderer Christopher Halliwell escaped justice for a second killing.

The taxi driver led officers to the bodies of Sian O'Callaghan and Becky Godden but a senior officer's failure to caution him and to deny him a solicitor meant the murder charge in Miss Godden's case had to be dropped.

Becky Godden's body was found at Eastleach in Gloucestershire. She'd been missing for eight years Credit: Wiltshire Police

Halliwell was jailed for life after admitting Miss O'Callaghan's murder.

Speaking in the Commons, Robert Buckland said the errors meant the family of Becky Godden have not received justice and it would be timely to look at the guidelines governing the detention and questioning of suspects.

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Halliwell Sentenced To Life

Taxi driver Christopher Halliwell, 48, pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court to murdering nightclubber Sian O'Callaghan, who disappeared after a night out in Swindon in March last year. He has been jailed for life