by Gary Armstrong and Gillian McPherson
Police divers have been lifting buckets of evidence out of the Monkland Canal as the search for a schoolgirl who went missing 60 years ago continues.
Last week a specialist team using sonar and ground penetrating radar equipment pinpointed five areas of interest in a fresh bid to find 11-year-old Moira Anderson.
Police are following up on a historical sighting of a man carrying a large sack towards the the canal following her disappearance in Coatbridge.
On the 23rd January 1957, the schoolgirl mysteriously vanished after leaving her grandmother’s house to buy margarine.
She was last seen on board a bus driven by convicted paedophile Alexander Gartshore, who died in 2006.
In 2014 prosecutors made the unprecedented announcement that Gartshore would have faced prosecution for Moira’s murder if he were still alive.
Police had previously investigated the possibility that Gartshore dumped the schoolgirl’s body in the grave of an acquaintance named Sinclair Upton.
But a search of the Old Monkland Cemetery in Coatbridge four years ago, failed to bring police any closer to solving the mystery.