Paige Chivers murder inquiry: Search on land in Bispham

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Image caption Paige Chivers was last seen at a bus stop in Blackpool in 2007

Police investigating the murder of Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers are searching an area of land.

The search area is focussed on an overgrown patch of land off All Hallows Church, Bispham, in Lancashire.

The land is close to where a flat was searched recently after a £30,000 reward was offered to help solve the 15-year-old's disappearance.

Police believe Paige was killed in 2007 and her body disposed of. No-one has been arrested.

She was last seen at a bus stop on Ashfield Road in Blackpool on 23 August 2007.

Police said the search followed "new information".

Image caption The search area is focussed on an overgrown patch of land off All Hallows Church, Bispham

The area off All Hallows Road been cordoned off and police will strip back the vegetation before continuing.

Officers will also be carrying out house-to-house inquiries to try to trace people who lived in the area at the time Paige went missing.

Det Supt Andy Webster said: "While we are keeping an open mind about what we may find, if anything, at this site we do believe the information we have received is genuine and we are treating it seriously.

"Our primary objective remains to identify Paige's killer or killers and recover her body so her family can lay her to rest."

Despite numerous appeals, rewards, and a long-running police investigation, Paige has not been seen or made contact with any family or friends, police said.

Her father Frank, 49, was murdered at his home in Layton last year.

Sean Conlon, 44, was convicted of his murder and jailed for a minimum of 15 years in January.

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