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Man due in court after being charged with murder of Sian O'Callaghan

A man was due to appear in court today charged with the murder of Sian O'Callaghan.

Christopher Halliwell (47), who was arrested by officers in a swoop on a taxi rank in Swindon on Thursday, was charged on Saturday night with killing the 22-year-old PA.

Miss O'Callaghan disappeared from the Suju nightclub in Swindon last Saturday. Her body was discovered close to the Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire on Thursday.

Police revealed they had removed all the remains of a second body found at a site near Eastleach, Gloucestershire, at the weekend. They are believed to belong to a woman aged between 23 and 30 who died between 2003 and 2005.

Halliwell remains in police custody at Gablecross Police Station in Swindon. Police officers and forensics experts continued to search a field in Gloucestershire where they found the remains of the second unidentified woman.

Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, who is leading the investigation, said yesterday: “Bones recovered from the site at Eastleach in Gloucestershire are believed to be those of a young woman with an estimated age between 23 and 30.

“It has been indicated to me that this young woman was taken from the Swindon area between 2003 and 2005.

“The remains will now be the subject of further forensic laboratory tests and a post-mortem examination.

“The police search at the site is expected to continue for the time being.”

The media have been given further access to the scene at Eastleach. Holes that had been dug in the ground had been filled in and a mechanical digger was helping a small team of forensic officers sift through a mound of soil for clues.

Detective Sergeant Mike Rees, who is in charge at the scene, confirmed that the bones found had all been taken away for testing.

“It has been a painstaking process. Everyone has put in long hours. We want to make sure we do not miss any evidence,” he said.

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