New arrest in James Brodie murder investigation

DETECTIVES have arrested another man in connection with the disappearance of Bulwell teenager James Brodie.

Officers swooped to arrest a 34-year-old man yesterday morning to take him in for questioning.

Dean Betton (32) of Raleigh Street, Radford, has already been charged with murder and has appeared in court.

A 31-year-old second man was also arrested, but has since been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Brodie, who was 19, is believed to have gone missing shortly after 64-year-old Ravenshead woman Marian Bates was shot dead during a bungled robbery at the Time Centre, in Arnold, in September 2003.

Mrs Bates was shot as she shielded her daughter from armed raiders at the family business. Her husband Victor also witnessed her death, after the raider attacked him with a crowbar.

Peter Williams (19) was convicted of murder in 2005 and sentenced to a minimum 22 years. The second raider was never traced, but it is widely believed to have been Brodie.

Brodie has not made any contact with family or friends in more than nine years.

Police wanted to speak to him over her murder and he was also wanted for three armed robberies and a racially aggravated assault, all of which were committed in a 12-hour period three weeks before Marian Bates was killed.

Officers recently began searching a farmhouse in Lincolnshire that preceded the arrests, but despite reports to the contrary, no human remains have been found.

Police said all the evidence suggests that Brodie had been killed.