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Lynda Spence murder: Police search field near West Kilbride

Lynda Spence
Image caption Ms Spence was last seen on 13 April at her parents' home in Glasgow Harbour

Police investigating the abduction and murder of financial adviser Lynda Spence have confirmed they are searching a field in North Ayrshire.

The 28-year-old has not been seen since 13 April last year when she left her parents' house in Glasgow Harbour.

Police said a field in the Law Hill area of West Kilbride was being searched in connection with the case.

In November, four men were charged with Ms Spence's abduction and murder. Her body has not yet been found.

Paul Smith, 45, from Largs; Colin Coates, 41, from Glasgow; Philip Wade, 40, from Glengarnock; and David Parker, 36, from West Kilbride, made no plea or declaration at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court and were remanded in custody.

'Proceeding live'

They were all charged with murder, abduction, including assault, and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

It is alleged that, over a two-week period, they assaulted Ms Spence by cutting off her fingers and a thumb, striking her with a golf club, scalding her with an iron and failing to seek medical attention before killing her and disposing of the body.

A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said: "Police are currently searching a field in the Law Hill area of West Kilbride as part of the Lynda Spence murder inquiry.

"As proceedings are live in this case no further comment will be made."

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