Police swoop on houses to find Tania

POLICE are swooping on houses in the county where missing teenager Tania Nicol may have stayed in a bid to find clues to her whereabouts.A house in Trimley St Martin has been searched as part of their investigation.

POLICE are swooping on houses in the county where missing teenager Tania Nicol may have stayed in a bid to find clues to her whereabouts.

A house in Trimley St Martin has been searched as part of their investigation. Officers spent most of the day at the property in Jubilee Close, off St Martin's Green - one of a number of properties being examined by officers where Tania had connections.

Neighbours said officers removed a number of items from the house.

No-one was arrested and it is understood all houses where Tania stayed or had friends are being looked at for clues to where she might be now.

Police today released new CCTV images in their quest to find Tania and fellow prostitute Gemma Adams, who is also missing, and the number of officers working on the case has been increased.

Detective Superintendent Andy Henwood, who is overseeing inquiries into the missing women, the investigation is top priority for the force.

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Inquires are being conducted by separate teams of officers but Det Sup Henwood is overseeing both cases to ensure nothing is missed.

He added: “Our concerns grow day by day. It is unusual for anyone to disappear without a trace and the fact that both girls have disappeared in these circumstances makes it even more unusual.

“We are working on the basis that both are missing persons and we are doing everything we can to find them but we have to keep our eyes open to all the possibilities.

“We are not linking these cases together formally but we are alive to the similarities between them and we keep an open mind with what has happened and whether there are specific links between the cases or any other cases.”

Det Supt Henwood urged people to contact police if they had any information, no matter how small.

He added: “We are interested to speak to people who use prostitutes and I would say to them if they have information which is significant I would urge them to come forward.

“My main concern is to establish where the girls are and I am not interested in specifically what they (the punters) were up to on that night.”

He also urged people to look out for any suspicious or unusual activity such as checking in garden sheds and outbuildings to make sure no-one has been staying there.

Det Supt Henwood said he could not comment on whether police had been looking to see if the women's phones and bank accounts had been used since they disappeared.

Anyone with information about either of the women should call Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

It is now more than three weeks since Tania Nicol was last seen leaving her home in Woolverstone Close, Ipswich at 10.30pm on Monday, October 30.

CCTV released earlier this week showed Tania walking past the Sainsbury's garage in London Road at 11.02pm.

Police today released further footage showing a person they believe to be Tania at the junction of Handford Road and Burlington Road at 11.07pm.

In the first image, a car with one taillight not working is seen to drive past Tania in the direction of town. Tania can be seen at the top of the image in the middle with the car driving past. The second image captures a male walking on the opposite side of the road walking away from the town, the male is wearing a baseball cap, light coloured top and is carrying a bag worn diagonally across his body. The man can be seen in the bottom right hand corner of the image.

They are keen to trace the driver of a vehicle and a pedestrian seen on the stills.

Meanwhile, officers continue to investigate the disappearance of 25-year-old Gemma Adams.

Gemma was last seen near to the junction of Handford Road and West End Road at 1.15am on Wednesday, November 15.

Inquires are being conducted by separate teams of officers but Det Sup Henwood is overseeing both cases to ensure nothing is missed.

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