Paige search near church comes to an end

The search cordon at the side of All Hallows Church.
The search cordon at the side of All Hallows Church.
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A police search in an area of overgrown land for missing teenager Paige Chivers has drawn to a close.

For more than three weeks investigators have been searching a patch of land off All Hallows Road, behind All Hallow’s Church.

It is not yet know what, if any, clues were uncovered about Paige’s disappearance seven years ago.

The 15-year-old former Montgomery School pupil hasn’t been seen since she left her home on Longford Avenue, Bispham, on August 23, 2007.

Police believe she has been murdered.

On May 8 The Gazette revealed how the land search began following an anonymous phone call which suggested Paige’s body could be buried at the site.

It followed a fresh appeal in April which offered a £30,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Paige’s murderer, or to the discovery of her body.

A week after launching the appeal forensic officers began searching a flat in Bispham as part of the inquiry.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “The search of the land at Bispham was set to draw to a conclusion on Friday. We are not in a position at this stage to comment any further on the work we have undertaken over the past three weeks or so.

“We appreciate this is a very sensitive matter for the local community and, not least, Paige’s family, who continue to be kept fully informed of the work which is being carried out.”

Up to 15 officers have been involved in the search of the land, which is the size of a small swimming pool.