VIDEO: Police officers comb key areas as search for missing Karen Buckley intensifies

Less than 700m separates the two key locations in the search for Karen Buckley.

VIDEO: Police officers comb key areas as search for missing Karen Buckley intensifies

The apartment on Dorchester Avenue is the middle flat in the three-storey terraced house, one of the dozens that line either side of the long avenue.

The doors to the buildings on this side of the road are raised from the street level, accessed via a winding sloped path up the short incline from the pavement.

Facing the apartment, the T-junction with the wider, busier Cleveden Rd is just metres to the left. This road slopes down from the right as it crosses the end of Dorchester Avenue. Up this hill and in a lane to the right there is access to the modest back garden of Pacteau’s apartment, where dozens of police officers carried out a meticulous search yesterday. Separated by trees and a collection of junk, the garden sits low to the right from the lane off Clevendon Rd.

Turning left out of Dorchester Avenue and down the slope, Clevendon Rd crosses a bridge over the North and Clyde Canal.

Here Clevendon Rd ends as it rises from the canal crossing to be split in two by a small roundabout.

Off the first exit on the left is Dalsholm Road, which crosses two bridges over sets of railway tracks. The first of these serves the Kelvindale station where trains bring commuters southbound into Glasgow city centre every 15 minutes.

The road is enclosed by 2.1m-high walls as it bridges the first set of railway tracks and then passes a solitary house on the left that sits in a fork in the road. Bearing right, a bridge carries over the second set of tracks before the final straight of Dalsholm Rd is revealed.

The wide open road straightens up, and is flanked by unkept scrubland on the right and, on a high embankment on the left, a large recycling centre.

One side path to Dawsholm Park is accessible to the left of the recycling plant — the 80-acre park surrounds this area, a circular greenland that has surrendered its bottom-right quadrant to industry.

The strewn litter is noticeable as industrial units hosting a variety of businesses emerge in a cluster on the right as the entrance to the park draws closer.

Just metres from the low, steel barrier that blocks vehicles from entering Dawsholm Park sits a public bin. For the past two days this has been cordoned off within a triangle of police tape — this is where Ms Buckley’s bag was found on Tuesday afternoon.

Beyond here lies Dawsholm Park, the amenity that is a mixture of open meadows and clumps of woodland.

Locals say it is a popular walking spot and a favourite of dog owners but that it is not considered a safe place to go at night.

For a while after the discovery of Ms Buckley’s bag, this area was closed off only by a solitary police officer on duty at the barrier to the park. By Tuesday night however, police tape sealed off access further up Dalsholm Rd, and yesterday it was the scene of constant flurries of activity as dozens of officers would arrive and leave in vans, swapping shifts as the painstaking search of an area four times the size of St Stephen’s Green continued.

The cordoned-off area has made room for a mobile command unit, the makeshift nerve centre that co-ordinates the search in North Glasgow.

The investigation has seen massive resources poured into finding Karen Buckley.

Officers have been deployed across land, under water, and in the air in the exhaustive search for the missing student.

Specialist officers have been sent to undertake a detailed search of Dawsholm Park and the surrounding area, aided in the skies by the air support unit, giving a bird’s eye view of the terrain below from the police helicopter.

The marine policing underwater unit are scouring the local canal and river, while the specialist crime division, sniffer dogs, and operational patrols search the parkland and surrounding neighbourhood.

Lines of officers with sticks have carefully swept across the gardens and yards of Dorchester Avenue and nearby locations in a laborious search for evidence.

Door to door, police have asked those living in and around Dorchester Avenue for any scrap of information that could be the key that unlocks the mystery of what happened to Ms Buckley in the early hours of Sunday morning.

North of this city suburb and park lies Drymen, the rural region where a grey car was spotted on Monday morning.

Police have yet to disclose whether they have received more information on this car, or whether its movements have any bearing on the ongoing investigation.

The investigation has seen massive resources poured into finding Karen.

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