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Search for remains of Marian Bates' suspected killer James Brodie continues despite bad weather

By MarkWilliams  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

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The search for the remains of Marian Bates' suspected killer James Brodie will continue in a Lincolnshire village today - despite the adverse weather conditions.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin has today confirmed the search at the site of Maize Farm, in East Heckington, near Sleaford, is going ahead.

Yesterday, officers from Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire swooped on the farm just before midday.

It is the latest development in a decade-long investigation into the brutal killing of Mrs Bates in Nottingham, in 2003.

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Meanwhile, the widower of murdered Arnold jeweller Marian Bates has said he is still burdened by the unsolved case.

He went missing after Mrs Bates was shot dead during a robbery at the Time Centre, in Arnold, in September 2003.

Detectives launched a manhunt at the time for Mr Brodie, from Bulwell, but drew a blank. Police believed he may have been killed by criminal associates after the bungled raid.

 

Specialist search teams are expected to search Maize Farm, in East Heckington, for "a number of days".

Reacting to the news yesterday, Victor Bates said: "I take no joy in anybody's death - but if anybody deserves it then he [Brodie] does.

"Whether or not there is a conclusion, I'm afraid I'll carry what happened with me for the rest of my life. There are times when I don't think about it, but they don't last for long."

Mrs Bates, 64, was shot in front of Mr Bates and their daughter Xanthe during the bungled robbery.

Peter Williams, then 19, was jailed for a minimum of 22 years after being convicted of  Mrs Bates' murder. In legal submissions before the trial, the judge heard that Williams had told police that Bestwood crime lord Colin Gunn was behind the raid.

The court heard Williams took part in the robbery but that an accomplice – believed to be Brodie – actually fired the fatal shot.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin said yesterday: "Since 2007, James Brodie's disappearance has been investigated as a 'no body' murder.

"That investigation was reinvigorated in 2012, and further work on the matter that has taken place most recently has led us to this location in East Heckington.

"This is the likely scene of the murder of James Brodie. We believe the remains of his body are here."

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