An ex-police officer has hit out at the investigation into missing Fife airman Corrie McKeague.
Former Metropolitan Police detective chief inspector Steve Gaskin criticised Suffolk Police, saying that they had missed opportunities in the case.
He made the comments during an interview with forces.net, which comes after the Police resumed a search of a landfill site in Milton, near Cambridge.
Mr Gaskin said: “There has been a clear opportunity that’s been missed.
“You don’t even need to be a detective to understand that there have been mistakes here. Any reasonable person would have undertaken an investigation of that site a lot earlier.
“All you need to see are the words ‘bin’, ‘lorry’, ‘landfill site’.”
The RAF serviceman’s family campaigned for the site to be examined after signals from Corrie’s phone appeared to coincide with a route taken by a bin lorry in the early hours of September 24, 2016.
The landfill site search started on March 6, and the examination of the area was paused last weekend after the excavator broke down.
Gaskin added: “It sounds to me as though there are some detective skills missing there.”