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In pictures: Death house searches

Crime scene tent

Officers from the Kent and Essex forces have been searching the house in Irvine Drive, Margate, since Monday.

Excavated area where the body of Dinah McNicol was found

The body of Vicky Hamilton, 15, was found in the back garden on Monday and the body of Dinah McNicol, 18, was found on Friday.

Police officers in garden

Police searches have included using ground-penetrating radar in the garden and house.

Police officers with drill

Police search officers and archaeologists removed the topsoil down to the subsoil in sections.

Police at the scene

The search at the property has involved lifting the patio and excavating the ground.

Scene outside the house in Margate

After Miss McNicol's body was taken away from the house, her father said he could "die in peace" knowing she had been found.

Aerial shot of row of houses in Margate

Neighbours on Irvine Drive have reacted with disbelief at the discoveries at number 50.

Police continue search in Margate

On Saturday, the search continued with more sifting of soil and the drilling of concrete floors.

Nicola Downing and her partner Mark Drage

Nicola Downing, accompanied by her boyfriend Mark Drage, returned to her home briefly on Saturday to point out any alterations to the property.

A press officer reads a statement to reporters in Margate

In a statement read to reporters by an Essex Police press officer, Ms Downing, who has lived at the house for 12 years, spoke of her "nightmare".

Flowers left on Irvine Drive, Margate

Flowers left at the scene included some laid by Lothian and Borders Police detectives on behalf of the family of Miss Hamilton, from Redding, near Falkirk.



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