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Sunday, 5 December, 1999, 18:00 GMT
Met delays Lamplugh search
Suzy Lamplugh Suzy Lamplugh disappeared after going to meet client

Scotland Yard has said it has yet to decide whether to excavate a former army barracks where estate agent Suzy Lamplugh's body may be buried.

Detectives are still evaluating information supplied to Miss Lamplugh's mother five weeks ago indicating that her daughter's remains are in a hidden grave at Norton Barracks, near Worcester.

I think this is the closest we have been to finding my daughter
Diana Lamplugh
The family believe they are the closest they have ever been to finding the 25-year-old who vanished in 1986 after going to a meeting with a client calling himself Mr Kipper.

But the assessment of the new evidence means a decision on whether excavations should be sanctioned has been put back by months.

A Yard spokesman said: "Any new information will be evaluated as part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Miss Lamplugh.

"We are always receptive to new information. It will be considered and then followed up appropriately."

West Mercia Police, who would expect to be notified of a forensic examination of the barracks, said they had not received any information concerning the Lamplugh case.

The former military base was shut down in the early 1960s and has been built on extensively in the last six years with a series of new housing developments.

Diana Lamplugh told BBC's Breakfast With Frost: "You don't hope too much because we've had loads of disappointments, but it would be lovely to bury her and set her at peace."

The location ties in with claims made a decade ago by the former girlfriend of convicted killer John Cannan, now aged 45.

Gilly Paige said that while she was seeing Cannan he confessed to the crime and hinted about burying the body in Worcestershire.

Diana Lamplugh Diana Lamplugh has learnt to live with grief
He also reportedly used the name Kipper while in prison, and resembles the photofit of "Mr Kipper".

Police have questioned Cannan in connection with the crime but he has repeatedly denied having anything to do with Miss Lamplugh's death.

He is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted in 1989 of murdering a 29-year-old woman.

Diana Lamplugh set up a charitable trust aimed at educating people about personal safety five months after her daughter disappeared.

A spokeswoman for the Suzy Lamplugh Trust said Scotland Yard recently told the family it had a new lead in the case, but the latest report was new to the family.

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