Fam­ily’s or­deal after search

Daily Star - - FRONT PAGE - By JERRY LAW­TON Chief Crime Cor­re­spon­dent­[email protected]­

A FAM­ILY whose home was torn apart by po­lice hunt­ing for Suzy Lam­plugh’s body are still liv­ing in a “bombsite” two months on.

Search teams tore out kitchen units, ripped up the floor and dug up the gar­den of the house Phil and Deb­bie Carey share with their two teenage chil­dren.

The home in Sut­ton Cold­field, West Mid­lands, was tar­geted be­cause prime sus­pect John Can­nan’s mum used to live there.

After a two-week search – dur­ing which the fam­ily lived in a ho­tel – no trace of mur­dered es­tate agent Suzy’s re­mains was found and po­lice pledged it would be re­stored.

But the fam­ily still do not have a work­ing kitchen and had to bor­row a friend’s oven to cook their Christ­mas tur­key.

Mar­ket­ing man­ager Phil, 52, said: “We knew there would be some dam­age, but I have to ad­mit we were taken aback when we re­turned to the ® house. It was like a bombsite with a mas­sive hole in the kitchen floor and all the bot­tom cup­boards chucked out in the gar­den.”

An £870 floor­ing bill was ap­proved by Scot­land Yard, but Phil had to pay the con­trac­tor him­self. Fit­ters say it will cost £14,000 to re­store the kitchen, but the work still hasn’t got the go-ahead.

He asked MP An­drew Mitchell to con­tact Met Po­lice chief Cres­sida Dick and Mr Mitchell said: “I’m sure the Met will want to speed up their re­sponse and make sure the Careys get their house back in good or­der.” Suzy van­ished in Ful­ham, west Lon­don, in 1986 after go­ing to meet a client called Mr Kip­per. Po­lice have long sus­pected the man was Can­nan, 64, a con­victed rapist cur­rently serv­ing life for mur­der, but he de­nies any in­volve­ment in her dis­ap­pear­ance.


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