Missing Becky: Police search homes

Published: Monday 2nd March 2015 by The News Editor

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Police have searched two addresses near the home of missing teenager Rebecca Watts.

Dressed in white protective jumpsuits and blue booties, forensics teams have been seen leaving a house in Wilton Close, Bristol, carrying what appear to be evidence bags.

A large barrel-shaped object, wrapped in black plastic, has also been removed from the house.

Meanwhile, a second address in Cotton Mill Lane, in the Barton Hill area of the city, has also been searched, according to the Bristol Post.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said the locations were “lines of inquiry” officers were following, as was the teenager’s home in nearby St George.

The force has also said that two people arrested in connection with the disappearance of the 16 year old, also known as Becky, remain in custody as the national search for her intensifies.

Officers from across the country, including Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall and Gloucestershire Police, have been called in to help in the hunt for the teen.

Police said no significant items had so far been discovered and that a laptop that was found in woodland on Saturday is not related to the investigation.

The specialist dog unit from South Wales Police and police helicopter are expected to rejoin the search that is being assisted by experts from the National Crime Agency, College of Policing and the National Missing Persons organisation.

Detective Superintendent Liz Tunks, head of the major crime investigation team at Avon and Somerset Police, said: “Firstly, I would like to reiterate my message yesterday that our search for Becky continues unabated and we are using all available resources to find her.

“Secondly, I would like to extend my thanks to the local communities in St George and the wider Bristol area who have assisted with our search efforts so far.

“The sheer number of people who have shown support during the public searches has been incredible. I would ask that all planned public searches are co-ordinated through us so they dovetail with the extensive search operation we have running.”

Becky left home on February 19 with her phone, laptop and tablet computer but did not inform friends or family where she was going, or take extra clothes.

She is described as 5ft 4ins and slim, with long, bright red hair and was wearing a dark navy blue Puffa jacket with fabric sleeves.

Anyone with information about Becky’s whereabouts is asked to call 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use the online reporting page Avon and Somerset Police’s website.

Published: Monday 2nd March 2015 by The News Editor

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