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Friday 26 December 2014

'No Tobin crimes' at seaside house

Serial killer Peter Tobin
Serial killer Peter Tobin

Police have ruled out any crimes linked to serial killer Peter Tobin at a second seaside property where he used to live.

Search teams and forensic archaeologists have spent 15 days excavating a large rear garden and forensically examining the basement areas of the house in Brighton.

But Sussex Police said the search revealed no evidence linking the property in Marine Parade to crimes by Tobin, who lived there in the late 1980s.

A similar search at nearby Station Road, Portslade, ended after nine days of excavations which also ruled out any criminality by the 63-year-old Scottish handyman.

Operation Anagram, a national exercise by police forces across the UK, was set up to identify issues of concern relating to the killer.

Police started their investigations at the two addresses in East Sussex on July 12, convinced that Tobin claimed more victims as he lived across Britain under different names and trawled the motorways for vulnerable female hitch-hikers.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Sloan, of Sussex Police's major crime branch, said: "As a result of work conducted under Operation Anagram, two addresses in Brighton and Hove were identified as there being enough intelligence to warrant searches of the back gardens and some interior spaces of the buildings.

"We have a duty to fully investigate any allegations of criminality and teams of specialists and experts undertook these complex searches.

"I am completely satisfied that we have conducted thorough and meticulous searches and that both addresses are unconnected to any criminality linked to Peter Tobin."

Tobin is serving three life sentences for killing Angelika Kluk, Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol.

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