Missing Rebecca Watts: Police search third property in desperate hunt for vanished teenager
23:33, 1 March 2015 By Piers Eady, Laura Elvin
Avon and Somerset Police have now called in reinforcement from three neighbouring forces as the search for the vanished 16-year-old intensifies.Search: Police have been searching a property in Wilton Close, Bristol, as they hunt for missing Becky
Police are searching a third home in Bristol in their desperate hunt for missing Rebecca Watts.
Avon and Somerset Police have now called in reinforcement from three neighbouring forces as the search for the vanished 16-year-old intensifies.
Cops said searches of houses in Southmead, Bristol's Barton Hill area and the family home were part of "lines of inquiry".
Forensic teams ended their search of the Barton Bill property on Sunday but a police cordon remained in place overnight.
Six specialist search teams, including officers from Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall and Gloucestershire, are involved in the operation.
Earlier today, officers were reportedly been seen digging up the garden of a house six miles from her family's home.
Cops have been carrying out a meticulous search of the semi-detached property since Saturday afternoon.
A black car has also been examined since being picked up in the same streeet.
Neighbours reported forensics teams hunting through the boot of the Vauxhall Zafira which had been on the street for more than a week, but did not belong to any locals.
Today forensics officers were walking in and out of the house in Wilton Close, Southmead, Bristol, carrying evidence bags, with an officer standing at the gate.
Locals said police had been searching the two-storey house constantly since Saturday, and that it was privately rented by a family with two or three children.
There was no sign of the residents - reported to be staying in a local hotel - and it is not clear whether they are connected to the two people currently being questioned by police.
Neighbours said officers had been conducting door-to-door enquiries since Saturday, with police asking if they knew Becky and showing them photos of the teenager.
One neighbour, who asked not be be named, said they believed the garden of the property was being dug up.
Another neighbour said tonight: "They were here yesterday at about four in the afternoon.
One anonymous neighbour told the Bristol Post that they believed the garden of the property was being dug up.
Another woman who lives on the road said: "They keep themselves to themselves really.
"There is an older woman who is on a mobility scooter, and she takes around a little lad about two, up and down the road.
"I think there is another woman, and two girls, maybe about 11 and eight."
Police officers extended the cordon around the property at about 5pm on Sunday as residents gathered in the road.
The semi-detached property stands at the end of the street next to an overgrown outside area, filled with rubbish and old cars.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police confirmed the hunt at the property was linked to the search for missing Becky Watts.
He said: "It is a line of enquiry we are looking into at the moment into the Becky Watts missing persons enquiry.
"It is only one of a number we are looking into."
He would not confirm if officers had been digging in the garden.http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/missing-rebecca-watts-police-search-5256710