POLICE are searching a property as part of an investigation into the death of a father-of-three over a decade ago.

Jesse Richards, was killed in a merciless and sustained attack over a drugs debt in Evesham, Worcestershire, in July 2009.

His remains have never been found despite a £10,000 reward offered for anyone with information that leads to his body being recovered.

Officers from West Mercia Police confirmed the address in Smorral Lane, Corley, Warwickshire, was being searched in connection with his death and a cordon remains at the scene.

In 2012, five men were jailed in connection with Mr Richards’ death and were collectively sentenced to more than 50 years in prison.

Detectives believe the body was originally taken to Warwickshire where it was hidden. Searches took place at a site near Corley in 2018, but nothing of significance was found.

Lucy Richards, Mr Richards’ mother, said at the time: "Jesse would be 50 years old now and, although I know nothing will bring my son back to me, I appeal to the public and ask they put themselves in my shoes and please get in touch with police if you have any information at all.

"My son was taken from me in the most violent way and, ten years on, I have still not been able to lay his body to rest. I don't know where he is and the pain of not being able to visit his resting place is too much to bear."

Det Insp Mark Peters told the BBC: "Our officers remain at the scene and I would like to take this opportunity to again appeal to members of the public who may have information that could assist us in our search for Jesse."