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Paige Chivers: Blackpool man charged with murder

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Image caption Paige Chivers was last seen in August 2007

A man has been charged with the murder of a Blackpool teenager who has been missing since 2007.

Paige Chivers, who was 15, was last seen during the August bank holiday in Bispham, Blackpool.

Robert Ewing, 59, of Kincraig Place, Blackpool, is charged with murder and perverting the course of justice.

Mr Ewing was remanded in custody by Blackpool magistrates to appear at Preston Crown Court on Monday.

'Denying charges'

Gareth Dewhurst, 45, of Duncan Avenue, Blackpool, also appeared in court, charged with assisting an offender, perverting the course of justice and a serious sexual offence.

The defence for both defendants told the court their clients would be denying all the charges against them.

A 29-year-old man from Blackpool questioned by police after being arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice has been bailed.

Paige Chivers has not been found despite numerous appeals, rewards, and a long-running police investigation.

Father murdered

It was previously reported that she was last seen on 23 August 2007 at a bus stop in Ashfield Road, Bispham, carrying a bag or suitcase after a row.

However, police said this was no longer the case and they could only confirm that she went missing "some time over the bank holiday weekend".

Paige's father Frank Chivers, 49, was murdered at his home in Layton, Blackpool, last year. Sean Conlon, 44, of no fixed address, was convicted of his murder and jailed for a minimum of 15 years at Preston Crown Court in January.

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