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SOIL could hold a clue

PUBLISHED: 10:14 09 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

A SOIL expert has stressed there is "a very strong possibility" that mud found in Adrian Bradshaw's Porsche came from the area where Vicky Hall's naked body was found.

A SOIL expert has stressed there is "a very strong possibility" that mud found in Adrian Bradshaw's Porsche came from the area where Vicky Hall's naked body was found.

Giving evidence on what the judge described as a "crucial part of the case", Professor Kenneth Pye, told the murder trial at Norwich Crown Court how he analysed soil samples gathered near the ditch where 17-year-old Vicky's body was found, and compared it with dirt collected in the footwell of Bradshaw's car.

"There is a very strong possibility that the mud is derived from the immediate vicinity of the ditch," he said of the comparison with the soil found in Bradshaw's vehicle with the mud were the body was discovered.

"In my opinion, it is very unlikely that you would find mud with an equal degree of similarity beyond the Creeting deposition site [where Vicky's body was found]," the soil expert, who works in the Geology department of London University's Royal Holloway and Bedford College, said.

"It is unlikely, though not entirely impossible," he added.

"No other samples taken show that level of similarity. It is extremely striking and that is the word I would use."

"It is an unusual situation to find such a high degree of similarity. It is extremely rare."

Professor Pye told the jury of five women and seven men how he had also looked at soil samples taken at numerous places around Suffolk including from the Creeting and Trimley areas.

Professor Pye spent several hours outlining his detailed chemical analysis of soil taken from the base of the accelerator pedal in Bradshaw's Porsche.

Vicky Hall's naked body was found in a water-filled ditch at Creeting St Peter on September 24, 1999, five days after she disappeared on her way home from the Bandbox nightclub in Felixstowe where she had spent the evening with best friend Gemma Algar.

The A' level student, who lived in Trimley's Faulkeners Way with her parents and brother Steven, was last seen alive by Miss Algar when the pair parted at the junction of Faulkeners Way and Trimley's main road.

Earlier in the trial the jury heard two women and a taxi driver claim Bradshaw had got out of a taxi close to the spot where Vicky was last seen alive.

Bradshaw insisted to police that he had nothing to do with the teenager's death and was simply "in the wrong place at the wrong time".

The trial continues today when David Cocks, QC, defending Bradshaw is due to begin cross-examining Professor Pye.

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