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Search For Body Of 'Nottingham Jeweller Killer'
Police searching for the remains of the suspected killer of Nottingham jeweller Marian Bates almost 10 years ago are questioning two men.
The men, aged 32 and 31, were arrested on Wednesday morning as police continued to look for the body of James Brodie on a farm in Lincolnshire.
Brodie went missing after Mrs Bates was shot dead trying to shield her daughter from robbers at the family shop in the Arnold area of Nottingham in September 2003.
He has not been in contact with family or friends since, and police believe he may have been killed by criminal associates after the bungled raid.
The 19-year-old was also wanted in connection with three armed robberies and an assault committed in a 12-hour period three weeks before Mrs Bates was killed.
Nottinghamshire Police say officers searching for Brodie's remains at Maize Farm in East Heckington have been joined by a number of experts.
Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin said: "Over the years all the evidence we have collated suggests that James Brodie is dead.
"New lines of enquiry have led us to this location and the search will involve a number of experts and specialists who can offer advice and information on how to find things that cannot be seen by the naked eye."
He added: "People's mindset and allegiances change with time and there may well be someone out there now with information about James Brodie who felt they couldn't speak out in 2003.
"I would urge them to think about how they would feel if it was their relative or loved one, and if they know anything, then speak to us.
"For closure for the Bates' family, and for the sake of James's family, we have never given up on this case, and our investigation will continue to find him."
Although Brodie has never been caught, his accomplice Peter Williams, also 19 at the time, was arrested and jailed for life for Mrs Bates killing.
Williams, of no fixed address, helped Brodie escape by attacking Mrs Bates' husband with a crowbar moments after the shooting.
After 11 hours of deliberating, a jury found him guilty of murder as well as causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Mr Bates and possessing a firearm with intent.
The trial at Stafford Crown Court heard Mrs Bates, 64, stepped in front of her daughter Xanthe when Williams and the gunman burst into the family shop in Front Street.
Gregory Dickinson QC, prosecuting, said it was "an instinctive act of bravery by a mother trying to protect her daughter - and it cost her her life".