Could farmhouse find be linked to double murder?

Police activity at farm buildings near jct East Dean Road (A259) and Warren Hill
Police activity at farm buildings near jct East Dean Road (A259) and Warren Hill

A POLICE search in Eastbourne has uncovered items that could be linked to a double murder inquiry.

Officers had appealed for farmers in the area to check their outbuildings or barns after the deaths of Betty Yates and Reverend John Suddards in the west country brought the investigation to the Sussex coast.

On Friday (March 9) police activity could be seen at farm buildings near the junction of East Dean Road and Warren Hill and Sussex Police confirmed that some property had been found.

However, they would not disclose whether it was a missing rucksack and phone that they thought could be in the south east.

Earlier this month police said an olive green and black Eurohike Hydro rucksack with a distinctive orange belt clip that doubles as a whistle, and a phone could be vital to their investigations.

On Friday, a Sussex Police spokesman said, “Sussex Police are assisting Avon and Somerset Police with a search of outbuildings in Beachy Head Road, Eastbourne.

“This is in relation to the murder of the Reverend John Suddards in Thornbury and the murder of Betty Yates in Bewdley. Some property of interest to the investigation has been found and has been forensically retrieved.”

Revd Suddards’ body was found in his home in Thornbury near Bristol on February 14 this year while Betty Yates was found dead at her home in Bewdley, Worcestershire on January 4.

Stephen Farrow, 47, has been charged with murder and remains in custody.