Friday 16 November 2018

Police investigating murder of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh more than 30 years ago begin search of property

Undated handout file photo of Suzy Lamplugh, who disappeared at the age of 25 in 1986. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have begun a search at a property in the West Midlands. Handout/PA Wire
Undated handout file photo of Suzy Lamplugh, who disappeared at the age of 25 in 1986. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have begun a search at a property in the West Midlands. Handout/PA Wire
File photo dated 24/06/93 of Diana and Paul Lamplugh, the parents of Suzy Lamplugh who went missing in 1986, in their garden in London. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have today begun a search at a property in the West Midlands.Tony Harris/PA Wire
File photo dated 12/05/00 of Paul and Diana Lamplugh at Scotland Yard following the reopening of the investigation into the murder of their daughter, Suzy Lamplugh in July 1986. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have today begun a search at a property in the West Midlands. Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
File photo dated 11/12/00 of detectives from the Metropolitan Police conducting a previous search near Norton Barracks, Worcestershire for the body of Suzy Lamplugh. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have today begun a new search at a property in the West Midlands. David Jones/PA Wire
File photo dated 11/12/00 of detectives from the Metropolitan Police conducting a previous search near Norton Barracks, Worcestershire for the body of Suzy Lamplugh. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have today begun a new search at a property in the West Midlands. David Jones/PA Wire
Undated file photo of Suzy Lamplugh, who vanished in July 1986 after going to show a client, believed to be called "Mr Kipper", around a house in Fulham, west London. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have today begun a search at a property in the West Midlands.PA Wire
File photo dated 10/08/10 of a police search in a field next to the B4084 near Pershore, in Worcestershire, looking for the body of missing Suzy Lamplugh, who vanished in July 1986. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have today begun a new search at a property in the West Midlands.David Jones/PA Wire
File photo dated 24/04/01 of police officers searching woodlands at Cockercombe Forest in Somerset for the body of Suzy Lamplugh. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have today begun a new search at a property in the West Midlands. Chris Ison/PA Wire
File photo dated 11/12/00 of detectives from the Metropolitan Police conducting a previous search near Norton Barracks, Worcestershire for the body of Suzy Lamplugh. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have today begun a new search at a property in the West Midlands David Jones/PA Wire
File photo dated 01/08/86 of the page from the diary of missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh, showing her appointment with 'Mr Kipper'. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have begun a search at a property in the West Midlands. PA Wire
File of an artist's impression of 'Mr Kipper', the man who is thought to have abducted Suzy Lamplugh in 1986. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have begun a search at a property in the West Midlands. PA/PA Wire
Handout file photo dated 06/12/87 issued by Avon and Somerset Police of John Cannan, who has previously been named as a suspect in the murder of Suzy Lamplugh, who disappeared in 1986. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have begun a search at a property in the West Midlands.Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire

Ellie Cullen

Police investigating the murder of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh more than 30 years ago have begun a search at a property in the West Midlands.

Miss Lamplugh, who was then aged 25, disappeared in 1986, having left her west London offices to meet a mystery client known only as Mr Kipper.

File photo dated 24/06/93 of Diana and Paul Lamplugh, the parents of Suzy Lamplugh who went missing in 1986, in their garden in London. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have today begun a search at a property in the West Midlands.Tony Harris/PA Wire
File photo dated 24/06/93 of Diana and Paul Lamplugh, the parents of Suzy Lamplugh who went missing in 1986, in their garden in London. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have today begun a search at a property in the West Midlands.Tony Harris/PA Wire

No-one was convicted over her death but in 1994 she was officially declared dead, presumed murdered.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed officers were carrying out a search at a premises in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.

File photo dated 12/05/00 of Paul and Diana Lamplugh at Scotland Yard following the reopening of the investigation into the murder of their daughter, Suzy Lamplugh in July 1986. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have today begun a search at a property in the West Midlands. Fiona Hanson/PA Wire
File photo dated 12/05/00 of Paul and Diana Lamplugh at Scotland Yard following the reopening of the investigation into the murder of their daughter, Suzy Lamplugh in July 1986. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have today begun a search at a property in the West Midlands. Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

The force refused to comment on "speculation surrounding the search", after The Sun reported the property was once connected to prime suspect John Cannan.

A spokesman said: "Officers from the Met are currently carrying out a search at a premises in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.

File photo dated 01/08/86 of the page from the diary of missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh, showing her appointment with 'Mr Kipper'. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have begun a search at a property in the West Midlands. PA Wire
File photo dated 01/08/86 of the page from the diary of missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh, showing her appointment with 'Mr Kipper'. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have begun a search at a property in the West Midlands. PA Wire

"The search follows information received in relation to a historical unsolved investigation being led by the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command."

Officers from West Midlands Police are supporting Scotland Yard.

File photo dated 24/04/01 of police officers searching woodlands at Cockercombe Forest in Somerset for the body of Suzy Lamplugh. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have today begun a new search at a property in the West Midlands. Chris Ison/PA Wire
File photo dated 24/04/01 of police officers searching woodlands at Cockercombe Forest in Somerset for the body of Suzy Lamplugh. Police investigating the murder of the estate agent more than 30 years ago have today begun a new search at a property in the West Midlands. Chris Ison/PA Wire

The Met stressed that the current occupants of the property were in no way connected to the investigation.

Convicted killer Cannan, who was jailed for life in 1989 for the rape and murder of Bristol newlywed Shirley Banks, was named as the prime suspect by police in 2002, and has been questioned several times. He has denied the allegation.

On the day of her disappearance, witnesses reported seeing Miss Lamplugh argue with a man outside a property in Shorrold Road, Fulham.

Her white Ford Fiesta was later found a mile-and-a-half away.

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