UPDATED: Man remanded on Paige Chivers murder charge

Missing teenager Paige Chivers
Missing teenager Paige Chivers
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A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of missing schoolgirl Paige Chivers.

The teenager went missing in August 2007 and has never been seen since. Her body has never been found.

Robert Ewing, 59, of Kincraig Place, Bispham, is charged with murdering Paige and perverting the course of justice.

A second man, Gareth Dewhurst, 45, of Duncan Avenue,Blackpool, also appeared before Blackpool Magistrates Court charged with perverting the course of justice and a sex offence.

It is alleged the duo carried out the offences in a flat opposite All Hallows Church, Bispham.

Paige’s disappearance over the Bank Holiday weekend prompted a nationwide hunt and appeal backed by a £30,000 reward.

The two men were remanded in custody by chair of the bench Mrs Eileen Oldroyd following an application by Crown Prosecutor Joanne Cunliffe.

They will next appear at Preston Crown Court in September 30. There were separate hearings for each of the accused.

Bearded Dewhurst was dressed in a black jumper in the dock. He is charged perverting the course of justice by intimidating witnesses involved in the Paige Chivers investigation.

He further faces a sex offence charge in relation to Paige and a third charge of assisting Robert Ewing in the disposal of Paige’s body.

Steven Townley,defending said: “My client most firmly denies all three offences.”

Ewing’s hearing also lasted just three minutes.He is charged with murdering Paige and perverting the course of justice by giving false information to the police.

He is alleged to have been the last person to be seen with Paige.

Gary McAnulty, defending, said his client would be pleading not guilty to both offences.