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Police abandon farm search for remains of Kate Prout

Kate Prout
Kate Prout's husband was jailed for her murder but her body was never found

Police digging in fields near Ledbury have called off their search for the body of a murdered woman.

Kate Prout, 55, from Redhill Farm in Redmarley, on the Gloucestershire-Herefordshire border disappeared in 2007.

Her husband Adrian was jailed for life in February with a recommendation he serve a minimum of 18 years.

Gloucestershire Police began digging on the farm after a tip off from the public but said they had found nothing.

However Det Chief Insp Neil Kelly said they would continue to search for her body.

Collapsed land

"There is no question that we'll carry out activity like this on a speculative basis," he said.

"If there is any specific information or intelligence that indicates we may have a burial site or somewhere to look for Kate then we'll certainly do that."

Mr Kelly said the site they had examined at the farm was an area of collapsed land.

He said: "It was probably due to some underground building or an old structure that was present previously and over time it's simply collapsed.

"It looked as if it could be of significance and may well have been some sort of burial site."

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