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Tuesday, 16 October, 2001, 10:44 GMT 11:44 UK
Man arrested over Leanne's murder
Leanne Tiernan
Leanne Tiernan vanished after a shopping trip
Police investigating the murder of 16-year-old Leanne Tiernan have arrested a 45-year-old man.

A house about a mile from where Leanne lived in Bramley in Leeds has also been sealed off by police.

Leanne was reported missing in November 2000 after a Christmas shopping trip.

She was last seen on Sunday 26 November, when she left her friend Sarah Whitehouse in Bramley on their way home from Leeds.

House stripped

Leanne's body was found in woodland in Otley in North Yorkshire on 20 August this year.

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said the man who has been arrested is from the Bramley area.

He is being questioned at a police station in Leeds.

Police have put up seven-feet high wooden screens around the mid-terrace house.

People living in Cockshott Drive said contractors arrived on Tuesday morning to board up the garden.

A field behind the row of ex-prison officer houses in the cul-de-sac has also been sealed off.

Neighbours said a police operation has been ongoing at the house for the past 10 days.

Residents said more than a dozen officers have been stripping the three-bedroom house and its garden, taking away soil and household items such as a sink.

One man, who did not wish to be named, said detectives at one point used a fire service "cherry picker" to search the chimney and take photographs of the garden.

He said: "They have been at it for 10 days. It's like they're taking the place apart."


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