BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: England  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Sunday, 1 December, 2002, 16:35 GMT
Police study Lamplugh claims
Suzy Lamplugh
Suzy Lamplugh's body has never been found
Police are studying claims that Suzy Lamplugh's body is buried at the former house of the mother of the man who is suspected of murdering the missing estate agent.

Detectives said they were "considering" claims, made in the News of the World, that John Cannan hid Miss Lamplugh's remains under his mother's patio at her home in the West Midlands.

The newspaper reported that prison letters reveal Cannan, from Solihull, had blood on his coat when he relaid his mother's patio a year after Miss Lamplugh went missing.

Cannan, who has been named by police as the only suspect in the 16-year-old case, is serving life for the rape and murder of a newlywed woman.

Search teams

The News of the World claims the married couple who now own the semi-detached house, who are unrelated to Cannan, have been told a body may lie under their patio.

However, detectives have refused to confirm whether they will be visiting the house with specialist search teams to dig for Miss Lamplugh's remains.

Police have questioned Cannan about the 1986 disappearance and submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service, but were told there was not enough evidence to bring charges.

Cannan then protested his innocence from his cell in Full Sutton Prison, York, claiming he was wrongly targeted and facing "trial by media".

Suzy Lamplugh's parents
Suzy's parents launched a charity in her name

But the flurry of publicity surrounding the case triggered more than 100 calls to police and gave them 20 new leads, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

"We have received in excess of 100 calls to the incident room following recent publicity surrounding the case", he said.

"We are following up information from about 20 of those calls.

"Once the information has been assessed we will discuss it in more detail."

Miss Lamplugh vanished in July 1986 after going to show a house in Fulham, west London, to a man calling himself Mr Kipper.

She was declared dead in 1994 but her body has never been found, despite searches in Worcestershire and in Somerset.

Family shocked

Three days before she vanished Cannan was released from a hostel at Wormwood Scrubs Prison, where he had been serving a six-year sentence for rape.

Diana Lamplugh, who launched the Suzy Lamplugh Trust after the tragedy, said the latest developments in the case had come as a shock for her and her family.

She said: "But we wouldn't turn any information down and this could be something interesting.

"You try to get on with everything but you can't help wishing for a finish to the whole case."


Click here to go to BBC Birmingham Online

Click here to go to BBC London Online
See also:

07 Nov 02 | England
06 Nov 02 | England
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more England stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more England stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes