Interiors of killer's homes to be searched

POLICE searching gardens linked to serial killer Peter Tobin said yesterday they would also be searching the interiors of the properties he once lived at.

Teams of officers and archaeologists were continuing their searches outside two of his former homes in Brighton, East Sussex, as part of a nationwide inquiry to determine whether he was responsible for any other murders.

Police were yesterday concentrating on the address in Station Road, Portslade, as they said the investigation was more progressed there than at Marine Parade.

Speaking outside the property, now fronted by a hairdressing salon, Chief Inspector Laurence Taylor said an extension had been built at the back of the Portslade property since Tobin had lived there, which police wanted to check to see if there was anything under it.

Using ground-penetrating radar and shovels, teams are searching for bodies or other evidence left by Tobin, 63, when he lived at the addresses in the 1980s.

Mr Taylor said the decision to concentrate on the Portslade address was a purely logistical one, with further test trenches being dug today to determine which areas of the garden may have been disturbed.

Detectives are convinced he killed more victims as he lived across Britain under different names and trawled the motorways for vulnerable female hitch-hikers. He was told in December he would die in jail after he was convicted of strangling 18-year-old Dinah McNicol.

The former church handyman was already serving life terms for the murders of 15-year-old Vicky Hamilton and Angelika Kluk, 23.


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