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Patricia Goodband murder: Police search garden for weapon

The garden of a house in Kings Close, Westcott, near Aylesbury, being searched by police
Image caption The garden of a house in Kings Close, Westcott, near Aylesbury, is being searched by police

Police investigating the murder of a businesswoman from Buckinghamshire have started searching a garden looking for a murder weapon.

Patricia Goodband, 76, died at her home outside Aylesbury in December 2012.

Christopher Symons, 63, of Cambridge Street, Aylesbury, was given a life sentence for her murder in October.

Now Thames Valley Police are examining the garden of a house in Kings Close, Westcott, near Aylesbury, after receiving new information.

Officers are looking for the murder weapon and other personal items connected to Ms Goodband, including her 2012 diary.

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Image caption Patricia Goodband had been friends with her killer for 30 years

Ms Goodbands's body was found concealed in a well in the grounds of her home near Aylesbury in January 2013.

Symons, who denied the murder, was found guilty at Reading Crown Court and told he would serve at least 27 years in prison.

His lover Jennifer Creasey, 73, of Hale Road, Benson, Oxfordshire, was sentenced to six months for assisting an offender.

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Image caption Christopher Symons "devised a cruel and calculated plan", police said

Symons' 59-year-old friend Robert Taft, of Kings Close, Westcott, Aylesbury, was given 10 months for perverting the course of justice and a 14-day concurrent sentence for possession of ammunition.

The businesswoman, who had known Symons for 30 years, went missing on 17 December 2012.

Her body was found about a month later. A post-mortem examination found she died from head injuries.

During Symons' trial, the court heard Ms Goodband had run a road haulage and agricultural business with Mr Symons from her home in Woodham.

The prosecution said he killed her on 22 December in a "cold blooded, planned murder for financial gain", and his "motive was clear".

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