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Net widens for Celine's killer

1st February 1996
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• Thousands more operators are to be drawn into the police hunt for the lorry driver suspected of killing Celine Figard following police contact with the industry's two leading trade associations.

This week more than 20,000 questionnaires are to be sent to the Freight Transport and Road Haulage Associations, which are to distribute them to their members in order to glean more information on the identity of the lorry driver seen with the French student on 19 December, shortly before her death.

Figard was seen stepping into the cab of a white Mercedes, helped by a 35 to 40year-old fair or ginger-haired driver, at Chievelyservice station in Berkshire.

West Mercia Police Force, which is co-ordinating the murder inquiry, has already asked police forces throughout the UK to give DNA tests to drivers of the estimated 1,200 white Mercedes attics which are currently in use.

Meanwhile, around 500 callers responded to a BBC Crimewatch programme last week which appealed for clues on the murder.

"This is a long and painstaking process and we are determined it will be done thoroughly and in a structured way," says a West Mercia police spokesman. "However, there has been no significant breakthrough yet."

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