Police search farm in hunt for suspected killer of Marian Bates, James Brodie
POLICE are searching a farm in Lincolnshire as part of a decade-long hunt for the suspected killer of Marian Bates.
Specialist search teams today are at Maize Farm, in East Heckington, Lincolnshire, in connection with the search for James Brodie.
Brodie is suspected of shooting Mrs Bates in a bungled robbery at her Arnold jewellery shop in September 2003.
Brodie, who was 18 at the time and was from Bulwell, has not been seen since.
Notts Police have previously said they have intelligence sugesting he may have been murdered in the days after the raid on The Time Centre in Front Street, Arnold.
Mrs Bates was shot in front of her husband, Victor, and daughter Xanthe.
Over the last nine years, Brodie has not made any contact with family or friends in Nottingham and despite significant enquiries across England and Scotland, where he had connections, he has not been located.
Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin said: "Over the years all the evidence we have collated suggests that James Brodie is dead. We have launched a murder investigation and as part of that our efforts to find him will continue.
"New lines of enquiry have led us to this location and the search today will involve a number of experts and specialists who can offer advice and information on how to find things that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
"People's mindset and allegiances change with time and there may well be someone out there now with information about James Brodie who felt they couldn't speak out in 2003. I would urge them to think about how they would feel if it was their relative or loved one, and if they know anything, then speak to us.
"For the sake of James's family, we have never given up on this case, and our investigation will continue to find him."
The search is expected to continue for a number of days.