Searches at a house in Cirencester have now concluded, police have confirmed.

Specialist Gloucestershire police officers had been searching the property in St Mary’s Road in the Beeches area of Cirencester since Tuesday, September 29, as part of a historic murder investigation.

Dog handlers from Devon and Cornwall Constabulary were also at the scene.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Constabulary said this morning that the search at the house in Cirencester had concluded but provided no further details.

A property in Swindon was also searched in connection with the case.

The force spokesman said two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

They have been released on police bail until October 26.

“The investigation relates to an incident that did not take place recently and, while we cannot give further details at this time, we can reassure the community that there is no threat to the wider public,” a spokesman said.

“Neighbourhood officers have been offering reassurance to local residents in both areas but while enquiries are ongoing and the case is active we would ask people not to speculate on social media.”

As part of the searches, a forensics tent had been erected in the front garden of the house in St Mary’s Road.

Cirencester residents have reacted with shock to the murder investigation.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police has confirmed that the probe in Cirencester and Swindon has no link to notorious murderer Christopher Halliwell, who is currently serving two life sentences for killing Becky Godden-Edwards and Sian O’Callaghan.