Murder search widens to Sealand

Published date: 01 November 2012 |
Published by: Jennifer Meierhans
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A forensic tent set up in Sealand 

Aerial photo of The Lum 

Police divers in Sealand 

Rob Rands, North Wales Police search advisor, at Manor Lane in Sealand 

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POLICE divers have been searching an area of Sealand for missing vet Catherine Gowing.

Officers have put up a white tent in a field off Manor Lane in Sealand where a 20-strong search team is working.

Five divers from the underwater search unit are scouring a 30ft-wide pond surrounded by trees, known locally as The Lum.

Clive Sharp, 46, of Bethesda, Gwynedd is in custody charged with Catherine’s murder.

North Wales Police search advisor Rob Rands said: “The intelligence picture is based on all sorts of things, from witness sightings to things we have got from our past inquiries.

“There are reasons for us to be here from that intelligence.”

He said police were searching an area measuring about 500 square metres.

Manor Lane residents said they first noticed police activity on Tuesday morning.

A man who did not wish to be named said: “There were three big vans with about 24 officers with sticks. It was me who told them the pond was there because I’ve been here for 40 years.

“They’ve come back with the underwater lot today.”

A neighbour who did not wish to be named said police had made door-to-door enquiries.

“It was about a week ago and they asked us ‘have you seen a black car’ and ‘do you know this man’?”

A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “As part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Catherine Gowing, a large number of calls have been received from the public.

“As a result, police are securing several scenes in the Flintshire area in an attempt to establish their significance.

“One of the areas which continues to be searched is the Manor Lane area of Sealand and the tent which has been set up there is a standard piece of police apparatus which can be used as part of the forensic examination of a site.”


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