9am Briefing: RAF spy planes to help in hunt for missing Suzanne Pilley

RAF spy planes are reported to be joining the search for missing Edinburgh woman Suzanne Pilley.

Police have been scouring 100,000 acres of forest in Argyll for the remains of the missing bookkeeper, who they believe was murdered.

Now, in order to find her body and help catch her killer, reports today said they would be calling on RAF Tornado GR4 reconnaissance jets.

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The planes, which have state of the art RAPTOR reconnaissance pods, would take photos of the area so detailed they could reveal disturbed ground or scraps of clothing.

Missing baby found safe

Missing 17-month-old baby Sophie Anderson has been found safe and well in the Dumfries area.

An alert was sparked after her parents were thought to have taken the toddler, who was in social services care, and fled by boat to Scotland.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said Sophie had been found in a caravan park near Dumfries last night.

A 30-year-old woman and 22-year-old man have been arrested and will be taken to Northern Ireland for questioning.

Police to excavate more of Tobin's ex-homes

POLICE are said to be planning to excavate more of serial killer Peter Tobin's former homes in search of further victims.

Gardens could be dug and floorboards lifted at properties where he lived in Scotland.

Tobin, 63, was convicted of murdering 15-year-old Vicky Hamilton, who disappeared while she was waiting for a bus in Bathgate in 1991. Her body was found along with that of Dinah McNicol, 18, when police dug up the garden of Tobin's former house in Margate, Kent.

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Now detectives are involved in a UK-wide inquiry Operation Anagram, into other cases which could be linked to Tobin, including the Glasgow's notorious Bible John murders in Glasgow in the late 1960s.

Racing pigeon back via jet

A TOP racing pigeon has returned home in the cockpit of a jet – after crash landing in the garden of a pilot.

The bird, nicknamed Biggles, landed in the Yorkshire garden of Jet2.com pilot Captain Mike Smith with an injured wing. Mr Smith's family nursed Biggles back to health and traced his owner after finding contact details around the bird's leg.

After speaking to owner Steve Girdwood, of Sighthill, he got permission to fly the bird in his cockpit from Leeds-Bradford airport to Edinburgh.

Bus crashes into wall

A BUS crashed into the wall of a house in Methil, Fife, just before midnight last night.

Police and firefighters were called to the scene and had to rescue a woman from the upstairs window of the house following the collision.

No-one was injured.