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    Police forensic team excavate churchyard in hunt for boy, 15, 'murdered by paedophile gang' after disappearing 25 years ago

    Missing: Lee Boxell, 15, was last seen in Sutton, Surrey in September 1988

    Lee Boxell, 15, disappeared in Sutton, near Croydon in September 1988
    Police believe he had found out about sex crimes being committed in a shed and was trying to stop them.
    Metropolitan Police forensic officers use ground-penetrating radar in the churchyard.

    Police forensic experts have been excavating part of a churchyard as they search for a 15-year-old boy who was apparently murdered by a paedophile gang after disappearing 25 years ago.

    Lee Boxell was last seen in the High Street in Sutton, near Croydon, South London, in September 1988 when he was aged 15.
    Today police started work on an area of the St Dunstan's Church at Cheam.

    A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: 'We are conducting routine enquiries in connection with an historic investigation.'
    Detectives have long suspected he was murdered by a paedophile gang linked to a youth club which met near the church in the 1980s.

    They believe the teenager had discovered what was going on in a shed and had tried to stop the sexual crimes - causing others to want to kill him.
    Part of the churchyard, which is less than a mile from where Lee was last seen, has been sealed off.

    police forensic team is using ground-penetrating radar in the area being searched.
    The Metropolitan Police said the dig was 'routine activity' and part of its inquiry into the teenager's disappearance.
    Officers began a search of the area near a shed, an outbuilding at the church, and the graveyard last year and had planned to resume the operation in April.
    Last month Lee's parents appealed for information on the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

    Since the broadcast, police have received an allegation of sexual abuse and callers came forward with information that was 'very focused' on the team's current line of inquiry.
    Investigators said they were working on the theory Lee died after intervening to try to stop sexual abuse at the shed, which had been a target for sexual predators.

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    26 years on, will parents finally win justice for missing son? Couple's bid for the truth could be over after three men and a woman are arrested on suspicion of murder

    Lee Boxell vanished from Sutton High Street in September 1988
    Detectives fear the teenager may have been killed after discovering a paedophile ring
    Three men arrested on suspicion of murder and perverting the course of justice
    Two of the men aged 78 and 52 are also being questioned under suspicion of indecency with children
    Officers also questioning 42-year-old woman in connection with the case
    Christine Boxell hopes the arrests will finally answer what happened to her son in 1988
    Police spent £1 million searching for Lee's body in a graveyard

    A couple's 26-year bid to learn the truth about their son’s disappearance could soon be over.

    Police reviewing the case of school boy Lee Boxell have arrested three men and a woman on suspicion of his murder.

    Lee was just 15 when he disappeared in 1988, and his parents Peter and Christine have been seeking an explanation ever since.

    Last night the pair told the Daily Mail the development could finally solve the mystery of what happened to their son.

    Police enquiries have focused on a church building in the area near where he was last seen, which has since discovered to have been a haunt of paedophiles – with detectives saying the teenager could have been killed to keep him quiet.

    One of the three men arrested is 78, meaning he was 52 when Lee vanished.

    The other two men are 41 and 42, and the arrested woman is 42 making three of those being questioned a similar age to Lee at the time.

    Lee’s mother Mrs Boxell, 72, who still lives at the family home in Cheam, south-west London, said: ‘I’ve wanted this for so long – we’ve got to know what happened to him 25 years ago.
    'In the back of my mind I have to hope that he will still come back - that’s how I keep going.

    'I remember that day on September 10, 1988, like it was yesterday.

    'Our life ever since has been horrendous.'

    She added: ‘I just hope these four people arrested will say something.’

    And Lee’s father Mr Boxell, 67, said of the arrests: ‘I think it’s a fantastic development and I just really hope and pray it will result in us finding Lee.

    We’ve known for some months the arrests were going to happen, it had all been planned.’

    Lee’s parents have not changed his bedroom since the day he disappeared, refusing to give up hope, and have never stopped searching for him.

    The teenager was last seen in Sutton high street and police assumed he had gone to watch a football match at nearby Selhurst Park – but that was ruled out.

    It was then realised he used to spend time in a building at St Dunstan’s church, nicknamed ‘the Shed’, which is now known to have been a gathering place for teenagers, who became a target for sexual predators.

    Last year Detective Inspector John McQuade said: ‘Some of them were as young as 12 or 13.

    'There are people out there like Jimmy Savile who will take advantage of people like that.’

    Among a number of paedophiles now known to have been operating in the area at the time, one, William Lambert, was three years ago convicted of abusing four girls in the 1980s and jailed for 11 years at the age of 75.

    Detectives used radar to look for any disturbance in the graves surrounding the Shed and carried out further searches last spring.

    Last year, to coincide with what would have been Lee’s 40th birthday, a new Crimewatch appeal was made by Mr and Mrs Boxell, who also have a grown-up daughter called Lindsey, and are grandparents to a three-year-old girl and six-year-old-boy.

    They worked with the Metropolitan police to launch a fresh campaign with a £20,000 reward.

    At the time of the appeal Mr Boxell said: ‘We, Lee’s family, need answers to what happened to [him].

    'Someone in this community can give us those answers. Please help us bring Lee home.’

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