Police divers search Scottish loch for missing Huddersfield man Steven Cooper

POLICE divers are searching an area of a Scottish loch where they believe a West Yorkshire man disappeared more than three years ago.

Steven Cooper, 47, from Huddersfield, has not been seen since leaving his home on January 21, 2008.

His car was discovered almost a week later on the A86 near Loch Laggan, in the Highlands.

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An RAF helicopter, rescuers and dog handlers were involved in the initial search, but Mr Cooper was never found.

West Yorkshire Police have said they had launched a fresh search for the missing man, concentrating on a “small area” at Loch Laggan.

A force spokesman said a team of six divers would concentrate on an area of about 100m, with support from Northern Constabulary officers.

The search is expected to last for three days and police hope it will bring some “closure” to Mr Cooper’s family, who have also hired a private firm to search the whole loch.

Mr Cooper is believed to have gone into the water when its levels were “unusually high”. Police said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his disappearance.