Huge police search at woods near Exeter in connection with murder

Police have confirmed an extensive police search is being conducted at woods near Exeter in connection with the murder of Lorraine Cox.

Local residents have reported seeing police at Newton Woods in Newton St Cyres for the past few days with up to 40 officers seen in the area, as well as riot vans and police cars.

Sand Down Lane is being guarded by police close to the entrance to the woods to prevent members of the public for getting near the scene of the search.

Lorraine, 32, was last seen in the early hours of September 1 in Exeter city centre.

Lorraine Cox
Lorraine Cox, from Exeter, who disappeared overnight August 31/September 1 2020

She was reported missing two days later. Following ‘significant developments’, Mary Arches Street was cordoned off last Wednesday, September 9, and police confirmed a murder investigation had been launched.

Last week police would not elaborate on whether a body had been found or what information led police to believe she had been killed.

Mary Arches Street remains closed and police are asking people to stay away from the Tinpit Hill area of Newton St Cyres.

An unmarked police car stopping people heading toward Newton Woods today
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A Devon and Cornwall police spokesperson said: “Extensive searches by specialist officers are still taking place in and around Fore Street/Mary Arches Street in Exeter city centre.

The road to Newton Wood
(Image: Devon Live)

“A cordon remains in place and the public are likely to see police activity ongoing in the area for the foreseeable future.

Fields by Newton Wood
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“Further searches are taking place in the Tinpit Hill area of Newton St Cyres in connection with the investigation.

“We would ask members of the public, especially dog walkers, to avoid the area and to respect the police cordon while investigative work continues.”

Last Saturday, September 12, a 22-year-old man charged with Lorraine’s murder appeared in court for the first time.

Christopher Mayer, of no fixed address, is accused of murdering her between September 1 and 3 in Exeter.

Mayer, a Kurdish man, spoke only to confirm his name and age during a three minute hearing at Exeter Magistrates Court.

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