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LOCKERBIE: THE LOST EVIDENCE; WORLD EXCLUSIVE Do these documents prove bomb was planted during Heathrow break-in?

Byline: DAVID PILDITCH

PAN Am's Heathrow baggage area was broken into hours before Flight 103 was blasted apart over Lockerbie, The Mirror has found.

But a statement on the incident made to police by guard Ray Manly was lost and the crucial information never revealed in court.

Mr Manly found a padlock cut open, leaving the way clear for a bomb to be planted in an area where luggage was ready to be loaded.

The lock, which could yield clues, is also missing.

Mr Manly, 63, said: "I can't believe the statement was lost. No one at the trial knew about the break-in."

The new evidence throws doubt on the murder conviction of Libyan Abdelbaset Al Megrahi, 49.

Prosecutors said the Flight 103's bomb was flown from Malta to Heathrow. The defence said it was more likely the bomb was introduced at Heathrow.

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PROOF: Incident form in which Mr Manly says: "During (security) post visit I found that padlock had been broken off doors leading to airside"
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 11, 2001
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