Lancashire

Paige Chivers case: Police search field for Blackpool teenager

Police in field
Image caption Police are searching a field off Faraday Way at Bispham

Police investigating the disappearance of a teenager who has been missing for more than seven years are searching an area of land in Blackpool.

Paige Chivers was 15 when she was last seen in the resort during the August 2007 bank holiday weekend.

The search is focusing on a field off Faraday Way at Bispham and follows new information about the possible location of her body, Lancashire Police said.

Robert Ewing, 60, is due to go on trial in April charged with Paige's murder.

Police said a cordon around the search area was likely to be in place for a "number of days".

Paige's family are being kept fully informed, they added.

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Image caption A man has been charged with murdering Paige Chivers, who was last seen in August 2007

Mr Ewing, from Bispham, has denied murdering the teenager between 23 and 27 August 2007 and perverting the course of justice.

Gareth Dewhurst, 45, of Duncan Avenue, Blackpool, denies a serious sexual offence, assisting an offender in disposing of the teenager's body between 23 and 27 August 2007 and perverting the course of justice.

They will stand trial at Preston Crown Court on 14 April.

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