Suzy Lamplugh murder probe police continue search of field

Searches of a farmer’s field in connection with the murder of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh 33 years ago are continuing for a second day.

The Metropolitan Police said an operation involving at least one earth-mover in Drakes Broughton, rural Worcestershire, was “ongoing” on Thursday.

Ms Lamplugh was declared dead, presumed murdered, after going missing in 1986, at the age of 25, having left her west London offices to meet a mystery client known only as “Mr Kipper”.

Hunt for Suzy Lamplugh’s body
Suzy Lamplugh (PA)

Police activity is focusing on rural land near the town of Pershore, not far from a meadow which was dug up in connection with the inquiry in 2010.

The Met said attention turned to the new area after they received “new information” in a tip-off, following publicity around Ms Lamplugh’s disappearance during a search in Sutton Coldfield in November last year.

At the time, specialist forensics teams spent two weeks digging up the kitchen and back garden of a semi-detached house in the West Midlands which once belonged to the mother of prime suspect John Cannan.

But police found no evidence to advance their understanding as to what exactly happened to Ms Lamplugh.

Cannan, who was jailed for life in 1989 for the rape and murder of Bristol newlywed Shirley Banks, was named as the prime suspect by police in 2002.

Suzy Lamplugh murder
Police officers search an area in the village of Drakes Broughton, near Pershore, Worcestershire (Matthew Cooper/PA)

He has been questioned several times, but has always denied any involvement in Ms Lamplugh’s killing.

She left her west London office in 1986, apparently to meet a client noted in a works diary as “Mr Kipper” at a property in Shorrolds Road, Fulham, but was never seen again.

Her mother and father, Paul and Diana, who set up the Suzy Lamplugh Trust to raise awareness of personal safety, both died without knowing what happened to their daughter.

On Wednesday, police officers and vans could be seen parked up off the B4084, and an earth-mover and tipper truck could be seen in the field through a gap in the hedge line.

Assisted by West Mercia Police, officers are due to remain on site “until a thorough search has been completed”.

The force also said the landowner is in no way connected to the search being undertaken or the investigation.

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