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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Police arrest Dunkirk film extra, 19, and his grandmother, 71, over 'murder' of actress's daughter, 19, hours after the pensioner made TV appeal but family of 'victim' REFUSE to give up hope as detectives say she may still be ALIVE



  • CCTV released by police shows Gaia Pope, 19, last seen running to house in Swanage, Dorset on November 7 
  • Rosemary Dinch, 71, and her grandson Nathan Elsey, 19, were arrested over missing Gaia's murder last night
  • Mrs Dinch was last to see her and told BBC South: 'I've no idea where she is. She seems to have disappeared' 
  • Nathan Elsey lives in same block as his grandmother and is aspiring actor who appeared as an extra in Dunkirk
  • Both homes are being searched by forensics officers and sniffer dog teams but police have not found a body
  • Dorset Police have bailed Mrs Dinch this morning while her grandson is in custody 'assisting with enquiries'
  • Det Supt Int Paul Kessler says force 'remains hopeful' she is still alive and 'somewhere in the Swanage area'
  • Gaia, a friend of Nathan, lives with aunt and her mother is a TV actress who appeared in The Bill and Morse
  • Two days before her disappearance she posted a message on Instagram suggesting she feared for her safety


  • The family of a missing teenager feared dead have told MailOnline they won't give up their search as police said they are 'hopeful' she is alive despite arresting a 71-year-old woman and her grandson on suspicion of her murder.
    Gaia Pope, 19, vanished a week ago on Tuesday, November 7 and was last seen on CCTV sprinting along Manor Gardens in Swanage at around 4pm.
    Police last night arrested Rosemary Dinch, 71, who was the last person to see her alive, and her 19-year-old grandson Nathan Elsey who was an extra in hit film Dunkirk and a close friend of Gaia.
    The missing teenager's aunt Talia Pope, 59, has told MailOnline that despite the arrests there is still ‘no evidence’ to prove she is dead.
    She said: ‘We are just searching until we find her. The search is continuing for my niece. It’s ongoing at the moment. It’s inconclusive. But we are just searching until we find her. We’ve got a long way to go yet’.
    Two days before her disappearance Gaia posted a message on Instagram that said she was worried about being 'shut up and put in a cell' with the hashtag #sexualassault and one follower urged her to 'run somewhere safe'.
    Police will be considering whether she is hiding and Det Supt Int Paul Kessler said today the force 'remains hopeful' she is still alive and 'somewhere in the Swanage area' although they admit she 'may have come to harm'.
    Mrs Dinch, 71, who was the last to see her alive, sobbed yesterday as she told how she had 'pounded' on her door a week ago but had left again after they shared a hug.


    Mrs Dinch, 71, who was the last to see her alive, sobbed yesterday as she told how she had 'pounded' on her door a week ago but had left again after they shared a hug.
    'I'm pleased because I gave her a cuddle. Of course I want her found. I have no idea where she is. She just seems to have disappeared', she told BBC South.
    Her 19-year-old grandson Nathan Elsey is an aspiring actor who appeared as an extra alongside Harry Styles in Christopher Nolan's epic Dunkirk and said on his casting website that the 'experience gave me more determination than ever to fulfill my dream of becoming an actor'. 
    Neighbours said they saw officers leading the grandmother and her grandson away from the house yesterday evening before it was sealed off. Officers are still guarding the property today and a teams of forensics experts is inside. 

    Gaia Pope, 19, from Langton Matravers in Dorset has not been seen for almost a week and a teenager and a pensioner have been arrested on suspicion of her murderNathan Elsey (pictured on his personal website) is an aspiring actor who appeared as an extra alongside Harry Styles in Christopher Nolan's epic Dunkirk

    Gaia Pope, 19, from Langton Matravers in Dorset has not been seen for almost a week and 19-year-old friend Nathan Elsey and his grandmother Rosemary Dinch, 71, have been arrested on suspicion of her murder
    Mrs Dinch, 71, (right yesterday) was held hours after she was interviewed on local TV where she admitted to being the last person to see Gaia and said they shared a cuddle and she left
    Mrs Dinch, 71, (right yesterday) was held hours after she was interviewed on local TV where she admitted to being the last person to see Gaia and said they shared a cuddle and she left                                               
    Officers are still guarding Mrs Dinch's property today and a teams of forensics experts is inside and sniffer dogs is inside
    Police are still guarding Mrs Dinch's property today and a teams of forensics experts is inside and sniffer dogs were also used by specialist officers
    Two days before her disappearance she posted a desperate message on Instagram suggesting she feared for her safety and used the hashtag #sexualassault
    Two days before her disappearance she posted a desperate message on Instagram suggesting she feared for her safety and used the hashtag #sexualassault
    Natasha Pope, the mother of missing teenager Gaia Pope, (pictured with Jeremy Corbyn) is  an actress who appeared in ITV's police dramas The Bill and Inspector Morse

    Natasha Pope, the mother of missing teenager Gaia Pope, (pictured with Jeremy Corbyn) is an actress who appeared in ITV's police dramas The Bill and Inspector Morse

    Dorset Police has refused to confirm the names of those arrested but said the 71-year-old was held overnight and bailed this morning - the 19-year-old is in custody 'assisting police with enquiries', a spokesman said.
    A neighbour who witnessed the arrests last night said: 'Mrs Dinch has emphysema and uses a trolley to walk. I saw police officers escort her to the car. She wasn't in handcuffs.
    'I saw Nathan being led to the car and his hands were behind his back and there were police officers on either side escorting him.
    'We saw them both being taken away.
    'The whole place has been crawling with police all week. We didn't know at the time but we have been told since that Gaia was living there.' 
    Nathan lives in a flat behind his grandmother's flat with his mother, Debbie.
    Neighbour Jack Goode, 25, said there had been reports of 'shouting and screaming' from Mrs Dinch's flat on the day Gaia disappeared.
    Mr Goode said: 'The neighbour who lives below told me they heard shouting and screaming on the day it happened.
    'It would've been not long before she went missing.
    'Debbie, Nathan's mum, went over and apologised to them disturbing them.'
    He added that Gaia appeared to be good friends with Elsey.
    He said: 'I saw Gaia, I think she was good friends with Nathan.
    'I probably saw her walking to his flat with him twice a week before she disappeared.
    'They spent a lot of time together.'
    Mr Goode's partner Marta Ren, a 30-year-old health care assistant, saw police taking Nathan Elsey away in handcuffs.
    Miss Ren said: 'His uncle was shouting 'don't worry everything will be fine'.'
    Gaia is from nearby Langton Matravers but had recently been staying with an aunt in Swanage, a few streets away from the home of Nathan Elsey.
    Neighbours there said Gaia had visited Nathan's flat two or three times a week before she disappeared, but weren't sure if they were a couple or close friends.
    A police officer was today stood outside the home of Gaia's mother, Natasha Pope, in Langton Matravers, a village just outside Swanage, and said the family did not wish to speak. 


    A female relative of Emilie Brylak, a close friend of Nathan's said: 'I have heard about the arrests, I just don't believe it.
    'He is a very quiet young man. I have known Nathan for quite a while and he is good friends with my granddaughter.
    'They go to the same college. He comes here and I take her to his house.
    'I do not think he could be capable of such a thing. He is a very gentle young man who doesn't go out. I just don't believe it.'  

    This is the last sighting of Gaia Pope shown running up Manor Gardens in Swanage at 4pm on November 7

    This is the last sighting of Gaia Pope shown running up Manor Gardens in Swanage at 4pm on November 7
    Neighbours said they police took away Mrs Dinch and her grandson Nathan from this Swanage house yesterday evening

    Neighbours said they police took away Mrs Dinch and her grandson Nathan from this Swanage house yesterday evening

    Gaia was epileptic and there are fears she may have suffered a seizure - she was also badly affected by a traumatic incident two years ago, her family has said. 
    Police, the coastguard and hundreds of members of the public have been searching for Gaia on cliffs, woods, nature reserves and beaches after her disappearance.
    Detectives were also investigating whether she had fled the area but have now concluded Gaia has been killed, although they have not found her body
    Detectives were also investigating whether she had fled the area but have now concluded Gaia has been killed, although they have not found her body
    Detectives were also investigating whether she had fled the area but have now concluded she has been killed, although they have not found her body. 
    Search warrants have been secured for two addresses in Swanage and forensic officers are carrying out fingertip searches of them for clues.
    Senior Investigating Officer Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team, said: 'It has been almost a week since Gaia's last confirmed sighting and she has not been seen or heard from since.
    'We have looked through CCTV that covers the Swanage area, including transport hubs, and there is nothing to suggest she has left the area.
    'Her disappearance is completely out of character and, following our extensive enquiries, we sadly now believe that she may have come to harm.
    'We have not yet found Gaia and our searches will continue. I would appeal to anyone who has information about her disappearance to please contact Dorset Police.
    'Our specially-trained officers have updated Gaia's family and are supporting them at this very difficult time.'   
    Gaia's family have been left distraught by her disappearance, especially because of her epilepsy.
    Speaking about her missing sibling, Gaia's twin sister Marienna Pope-Weidemann, told the Bournemouth Daily Echo: 'This is a waking nightmare for Gaia's family, but we are so grateful to our community, the volunteer coastguard and all the people who've been out searching for her.
    'There's a lot of ground to cover, so anyone watching - please help us get the word out.'

    She added: 'Gaia, if you hear this, we love you with all our hearts.

    Her older sister Clara Pope-Sutherland, 21, told the Daily Echo on Tuesday evening: 'We just want her to come home.
    'She's a home bird. She would never do anything like this.
    'She's just not the kind of person to go off like this - she'd always let us know what was happening.
    'That's the most concerning thing of all.
    'We're so worried and we just want to know she's safe.'
    The last reported sighting of Gaia was at an address in Manor Gardens on Morrison Road of Swanage.
    She was said to be wearing a red checked shirt with white buttons, grey and white woven leggings and white trainers.
    Gaia is 5ft 7ins tall, medium build and has long mousey blonde hair. 
    Hundreds of people from the town also joined the search, with an appeal shared widely on social media in attempts to find Gaia. 
    Comedian Russell Brand, who has more than 12 million followers on Twitter, re-tweeted a poster with information about the appeal.
    Speaking about the disappearance, Gaia's sister Marienna Pope, described the situation as a 'waking nightmare.'
    Her mother Natasha said on Facebook: 'Full scale alert ; my daughter Gaia Pope-Sutherland is missing. Vulnerable. Helicopter out, full scale search they say. Do your best for us people??Find her!!!Knock on doors'. 


    Gaia (pictured with Russell Brand) who also appealed for her to contact police and her familyShe was epileptic was also badly affected by a traumatic incident two years ago, her family has saidLast week, Miss Pope's family issued a statement urging her to get in contact.

    They said: 'We are all frantic with worry Gaia and are desperate to know you are OK. You are not in any trouble and we just want to know you are somewhere safe.
    'Please get in touch with someone to let us know where you are so we can help you'. 
    Gaia's older sister, Clara, 21, revealed that Gaia when missing without a coat on and while en-route to see a doctor with her and her aunt.
    She revealed that Clara had been suffering from severe anxiety.
    She said: 'In dire need of help; sister missing. There is a full-on police search for my sister Gaia in Swanage. On the way out to get a referral from the GP with my aunt, she walked out the house with no phone or means of contact at around 5pm.
    'Gaia suffers from increasingly severe epilepsy (we have no idea if she has her medication with her) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
    'She is currently going through a period of extreme worry/PTSD episode. As you can probably imagine, she is very vulnerable.
    'I'm hoping that she'll show up after being sat somewhere and say 'I was just chilling out and taking some me time'. But after a full night of no one having any contact from her, its safe to say I'm feeling sick to my stomach.
    'So this is a call to arms, please, if you can. Swanage/Dorset/People with cars. I need to find my sister.'
    Forensics officers arrived in a van this morning and are now combing over the Swanage house 


    Forensics officers arrived in a van this morning and are now combing over the Swanage house 
    Gaia, from Langton Matravers, was staying at an address in Swanage when she disappeared last Tuesday afternoon

    Gaia, from Langton Matravers, was staying at an address in Swanage when she disappeared last Tuesday afternoon


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