BREAKING NEWS: Murder hunt body search moves closer to Horsham

JPCT Police search. Body hunt.  Wineham. -photo by steve cobb
JPCT Police search. Body hunt. Wineham. -photo by steve cobb

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Brighton man Gary Hampson have made a further arrest in connection with the case this morning (Friday).

A 66-year-old woman from Brighton has been arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to Brighton Custody Centre for questioning.

A search and forensic examination of her home is being carried out.

Specialist teams had been searching 16 sites - including Cowfold, Henfield, Bolney, Ashurst and Dial Post - for the missing 42-year-old from Portslade.

But officers are now focusing on the area north of Cowfold along the ‘A281 corridor’ to the Sussex/Surrey border.

Detective Chief Inspector Jeff Riley, who is heading the Sussex Police Major Crime Branch enquiry, said: “This is a very active investigation and my team and I are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry.

“We are determined to find Gary’s body and the process of searching has to be carefully planned and a scientific approach taken to ensure that the most likely locations are properly identified and then are subject to a detailed and methodical search.

“I would appeal to anyone who has any information to contact us on 0845 60 70 999 quoting Operation Jubilee. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”