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Corrie McKeague could not have left Bury St Edmunds area he was last sighted in on foot, inquest hears





RAF Honington airman Corrie McKeague, who went missing after a night out in Bury St Edmunds over five years ago, could not have left the area he was last seen in on foot, an inquest heard.

A jury inquest into the disappearance of 23-year-old Corrie, originally from Dunfermline, Fife, opened today at Suffolk Coroner's Court, in Ipswich.

It earlier heard Corrie, when aged 15, found the body of his friend who had been killed on a train line which saw him develop a 'significant binge-drinking problem'.

The last confirmed sighting of Corrie McKeague - taken from the 3.25am CCTV footage of him in Brentgovel Street, Bury St Edmunds, on Saturday September 24. Picture: Suffolk Police.
The last confirmed sighting of Corrie McKeague - taken from the 3.25am CCTV footage of him in Brentgovel Street, Bury St Edmunds, on Saturday September 24. Picture: Suffolk Police.

In the second part of today's proceedings, Adam Osborne, technical support manager for Norfolk and Suffolk Police, showed the inquest CCTV footage of the hours preceding Corrie's last sighting at 3.25am on September 24, 2016.

The inquest heard Mr Osborne and his team spent 'several hundred hours' pouring over the footage.

Three 'containment areas' were identified by Mr Osborne and his team which were covered by CCTV cameras and therefore would have caught a sighting of Corrie had he left the horseshoe area in Brentgovel Street, where he was last seen.

A jury inquest into the death of RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague began today.
A jury inquest into the death of RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague began today.

But, the inquest heard no such sightings were made of the airman in any of the three containment areas between 3am and noon on September 24, 2016.

When asked by Peter Taheri, counsel to the inquest, whether Mr Osborne could say whether Corrie left the horseshoe area on foot between those hours, Mr Osborne replied: "I would say Corrie definitely did not leave that area on foot."

Mr Osborne added he would have said it was 'impossible' for Corrie to have evaded the more than 30 cameras within the three containment areas surrounding Brentgovel Street.

Adam Walker, lawyer for Corrie's mother, Nicola Urquhart, asked whether Mr Osborne agreed with the official police hypothesis, which is that Corrie climbed into a bin which was then tipped into a waste lorry and Mr Osborne said he did.

CCTV footage of Corrie at the top of St Andrews Street North, in Bury St Edmunds, in the hours before his last sighting. Picture: Suffolk Police.
CCTV footage of Corrie at the top of St Andrews Street North, in Bury St Edmunds, in the hours before his last sighting. Picture: Suffolk Police.

The inquest, which is scheduled to finish on April 1, continues tomorrow.

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