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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:




'Not dead!': Ricky Gervais forced to leave stage mid-performance over health scare

Ricky Gervais was forced to pause a comedy tour performance amid fears he was suffering a heart attack.

The comedian was performing at Bristol’s Colston Hall when he took a 10 minute break, leaving fans concerned for his health.

Thankfully, he returned to the stage fighting fit to finish off the performance of his Humanity tour.

Taking it in good humour, Ricky posted on Twitter "Thanks to the amazing audience in Bristol tonight. They even laughed when I thought I was having a heart attack."

The performer also reassured his followers on social media this morning:

Footage of large lorry fire on M4

Two lanes remain closed on the M4 between Swindon and Chippenham after a lorry fire.

Emergency services were called out this morning to what they described as a "substantial vehicle fire".

Eugene Reilly was driving past right after the blaze took hold:

The main carriageway re-opened at 12:45, but lanes one and two remain closed past the scene of the accident for recovery work.

The carriageway surface also needs further inspection.

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.

Man charged over attempted robbery of convenience store

The owners of Pitville Stores fought off a masked man and nothing was taken. Credit: ITV West Country

A man has been charged with the attempted robbery of a newsagents in Cheltenham, along with two other robberies.

27-year-old Steven Agg, of Moors Avenue, has been charged with the attempted robbery of Pittville Stores on Sunday 19 February, a robbery in Marsh Lane later the same evening and a robbery on the Honeybourne Line on Saturday 18 February.

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