Mechanic Murder Suspect Released

Detectives investigating the murder of garage mechanic Gary Hampson have freed without a charge a woman, 66, they were questioning.

She was arrested on Thursday and taken to the Brighton Custody Suite, Hollingbury. The woman was released on Friday night but has to report back to the police on June 17th. Officers have carried out a forensic examination of her home.

Mr Hampson, 42, from Portslade disappeared four months ago but his body has not been found.

Police have extended their search into an area north of Cowfold along the A281 corridor to the Sussex/Surrey border.

Detective Chief Inspector Jeff Riley, who is heading the Sussex Police Major Crime Branch enquiry, said: "This is a very active investigation and my team and I are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry."

Detectives began a murder investigation after Mr Hampson's blood was discovered at the Brighton garage where he worked.

Daniel Alexander, 61, of no fixed address, has been remanded in custody charged with Mr Hampson's murder.

A second man, Roy Bartup, 67, of Natal Road, Brighton, has been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.