Detectives investigating the murder of Paige Chivers have been searching a premises in Bispham as part of the inquiry.
Following last week’s announcement of a £30,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of Paige’s murderer or murderers and/or the recovery of her body, police and forensic scientists are searching a premises on All Hallows Road, close to the area where the last corroborated sighting of Paige was reported.
Detective Superintendent Andy Webster, who is leading the inquiry, said: “Since last week we have spoken to a significant number of people, some who have previously featured in the inquiry and some who have not.
“Yesterday (Tuesday 22 April), we undertook a forensic search at an address on All Hallows Road. It has been nearly seven years since Paige disappeared and in that time forensic techniques have become more and more advanced. In particular, DNA testing and analysis has become more sensitive and I am hopeful that this will assist in the work that is being undertaken today.”
During the course of the inquiry nearly 2000 items have been recovered and a detailed forensic review of these is also underway.
Detective Superintendent Webster added: “I would like to thank the public for their response to last week’s appeal and continue to appeal to them that if they have any piece of information, no matter how small, about Paige’s murder, about her movements over the August Bank Holiday weekend in 2007, or any information about her lifestyle, to come forward and speak to us.
“I would also extend this appeal to any persons who may have information but may be reluctant to come forward due to fear, intimidation or bullying.
“Finally, if someone does have information, but is reluctant to come forward due to fears arising either from their own involvement in criminality or they may have played minor role in assisting Paige’s killer or killers, I would still ask them to come forward and speak to us. Our primary objective remains to identify Paige’s killer or killers and recovery her body so her family can lay her to rest.”
Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.