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Mother of missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague says she has ‘issues’ with independent review

PUBLISHED: 18:15 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 06:49 07 December 2017

Nicola Urquhart, mother of Corrie McKeague. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Nicola Urquhart, mother of Corrie McKeague. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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The mother of missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague says she has “issues” with an independent review of the search for her son.

Corrie McKeague went missing after a night out in Bury St Edmunds in September last year. Pictures: CONTRIBUTEDCorrie McKeague went missing after a night out in Bury St Edmunds in September last year. Pictures: CONTRIBUTED

Nicola Urquhart claims the report team from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit – who conducted the review into Suffolk police’s investigation – were not given all the facts.

The report, which was sent to the force in October, was not made public but has now been seen by the EADT – in heavily redacted form.

The redactions include large portions dealing with an error in the weight of material carried by a bin lorry to the waste site, which was revealed in March to be far higher than originally thought.

Corrie, who was based at RAF Honington, went missing after a night out in Bury St Edmunds in September last year.

Nicola Urquhart, left, with her son Corrie McKeague. Picture: MCKEAGUE FAMILYNicola Urquhart, left, with her son Corrie McKeague. Picture: MCKEAGUE FAMILY

Posting in the Find Corrie group on Facebook, Mrs Urquhart said: “The review stated the police have carried out a huge amount of work which is very true.

“However, I sadly have issues with this report, I am very concerned they have not been given all the facts.

“A major fact concerning the weights of the bins is incorrect in the report. That could have had an impact on recommendations as to how this investigation has been carried out.”

The East Midlands unit made 14 recommendations in the report, including viewing CCTV footage from a wider area.

Search teams at the landfill site in Milton, Cambridgeshire, which is near to the site of the original search for the missing 23-year-old. Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRESearch teams at the landfill site in Milton, Cambridgeshire, which is near to the site of the original search for the missing 23-year-old. Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE

Corrie’s father Martin said in a statement that he accepts that there are no longer any other reasonable lines of enquiry.

He said: “As a family whose son is missing we certainly don’t want to believe that there no longer any reasonable lines of enquiry. But it’s true. And we have to accept that. Our hope is that everyone out there accepts it as well.”

The current landfill search for the 23-year-old missing gunner, which resumed in October, could finish as early as next week.

Suffolk police would not confirm whether any further searching of the landfill in Milton, Cambridgeshire, would take place after that.

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said the force were not in “a position to disclose any potential next steps in terms of the investigation” until the current search is complete.

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