Gaia Pope: Man held on suspicion of murder

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Image caption Gaia Pope was last seen in Swanage on 7 November

Police investigating the disappearance of teenager Gaia Pope have arrested a 49-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

The man, from the Swanage area of Dorset, is believed to be known to the 19-year-old, who has been missing from the town since Tuesday, 7 November.

A search is continuing in the area where items of women’s clothing were earlier found by a member of the public on land near the Dorset coast path.

Det Sup Paul Kessell said “a number of vehicles” had also been seized.

He said Gaia’s family had been informed of the developments and were being supported by specially-trained officers.

Image caption Police cordoned off an area of land north of the coast path after items of women’s clothing were found

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