Touching moment The milk carton crowd of children applauded the HS2 workers after investigating the ‘place of interest’.

HS2 workers clapped all day after carefully working around a new place of interest in finding milk cartons for babies. David Spencer and Patrick Warren, 13 and 11, disappeared from Chelmsley Wood 25 years ago and were never seen again.

Last year, a huge community effort was launched after a “reliable tip off” about a site in Elmdon, Solihull. It lasted for months and turned into a highly organized effort, despite police requests to stay away.

Yesterday, June 22, almost a year later, it was revealed that volunteers were contacting HS2 contractors at a new site near NEC Birmingham. Missing David’s brother, Lee O’Toole, was photographed talking to workers and security officials after the land was “identified by sources.”

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A person familiar with the situation told Birmingham Live: “HS2 is starting work tomorrow. It’s just HS2 digging it out. We just told them we would do it if they didn’t.

“Lee is smiling. He’s smiling. It’s too big. It’s close to Chelmsley Wood. I’m not saying we’ll get anything but it has to end.”

Yesterday (June 22) worker at the HS2 site – a source thinks it may be related to the disappearance of a carton of milk kids.
(Photo: Darren Quentin / Birmingham Live)

The devastated siblings vowed to stay away as workers carefully investigated part of the interest. HS2 insisted that work was proceeding normally and said that volunteers would not be allowed on the ground.

Birmingham Live was told the new site was identified after a mysterious source was spotted during the early weeks of the Solhole Dig. A new vigilante group also saw the new land earlier this year after receiving permission from contractor BBV.

The pictures show the HS2 crew holding a large black cover. The workers were later seen inspecting parts of the soil with a rack as they worked around an area that had been cordoned off.

Workers Were Seen Carefully Inspecting Parts Of The Soil With A Rack.
Workers were seen carefully inspecting parts of the soil with a rack.
(Photo: Darren Quentin / Birmingham Live)

The work was stopped shortly before 6 pm when nothing important was found. An impromptu round of applause began, in which a man was heard shouting: “Thank you guys, you have done more than the West Midlands Police.”

Relations between the two boys’ families and the force have been strained for years amid allegations that detectives failed to take the landmark case seriously. Officers issued a statement yesterday.

West Midlands Police said: “We are aware of the current activity in Burkefield Wood.

“This tragic case has been reviewed many times and detectives are ready to re-investigate if new information comes to light. Please keep asking for it.

“We will always keep up to date with the latest information. Please contact us via live chat on our website or call us at 101. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy.”

HS2 crews later handed a black bag of milk to a couple of cartoon kids’ supporters who had gathered on the side of the road. Volunteers did a brief inspection.

Although the section of interest has not yet responded to the families, there is still hope that something can be discovered as the site continues its routine work.

The case of David and Patrick is linked to convicted child killer Brian Field, a gardener who lived and worked in Sohail in the 1990s. Pedo File was sentenced in 2001 to life in prison for the 1968 abduction, rape and murder of Surrey schoolboy Roy Tuttle.

Prime suspect Field has always denied any involvement with the missing pair. Detectives said there was not enough evidence to charge him in 2006.

HS2 has contacted West Midlands Police, who last year confirmed that the area was not part of their investigation or crime scene. Contractors are carrying out their work program routinely on an initial basis, including clearing tree trunks.

An HS2 spokesman said: “We understand that this is a difficult time for Mr O’Toole and his family and while the police have confirmed that the site is not interested in their investigation, our contractor Balfour Betty Vinci BBV’s expert site engineers are performing earthworks at the construction site and, as in any such work, are working with caution and accuracy. O Tool has agreed to keep abreast of developments and is in touch with the police.

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