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RAF's aerial support in hunt for missing Alice Gross

By PA Reporters

Police will continue to scour hours of footage from hundreds of CCTV cameras for clues as Scotland Yard confirmed the RAF had been drafted in to help in their search for missing teenager Alice Gross.

An ongoing search of scrubland along the towpath near the Grand Union Canal in west London where the 14-year-old was last seen will resume today, and police said CCTV was playing a "crucial role" in piecing together the last known movements of Alice, who has now been missing for five weeks.

Along with more than a dozen police forces across the country, the RAF has also provided support with "aerial analysis", pinpointing places to focus the hunt.

Thirty detectives are painstakingly reviewing 35 terabytes of material from around 300 CCTV cameras covering a six-mile-square area.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We can confirm that as part of the search operation, the RAF has provided assistance in the form of aerial analysis to identify potential areas of interest to officers.

"This continues to be a massive investigation."

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