Police tight-lipped on house search

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 09:49 07/12/2013

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Mystery surrounds a days-long search of a Linton property, leaving neighbours feeling uneasy as armed police stand guard outside.

The property, a green house at 121 Akers Rd, had the attention of detectives, police dogs and experts in forensic overalls yesterday, but police at the scene were tight-lipped about what they were doing there.

A police spokeswoman later said they were carrying out a search warrant, but would not give any other information.

A tent and caravan could be seen set up by the side of the house. Much of the activity was centred behind the house, where there were two large sheds.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said she last saw the occupant of the house, a man she believed was in his 40s or 50s, on Tuesday.

She first saw detectives at the house on Wednesday, and police had been in and out of the property since then, with a scene guard on the gates at night.

Armed police were back at the house yesterday.

The woman said a police officer had told her yesterday they expected to be there until the middle of next week.

When she asked if it was a homicide she said she was told: "We don't know yet."

"We usually see him every day, going in and out of his drive. I just hope the poor man's all right."

The neighbour said there had been a female tenant and a man - possibly her partner - in a small sleepout next to the house as well, but she did not know where they had gone.

The man who lived at the house had invited her in for a coffee before, but she did not really know him, she said.

"He just looks like a nice country person, always in his overalls and gumboots."

She said police had told her that if she saw him or was contacted by him, to ask him to get in touch with police. Investigators had searched the property with blue lights on Thursday night and were carefully scrutinising vehicles going past, she said.

Police had told her it was "nothing to worry about".

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