Saturday 23 February 2019

Police arrest man (24) in connection with disappearance of Hull student Libby Squire (21)

Undated family handout file photo issued by Humberside Police of 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who disappeared in Hull. Family Handout/PA Wire
Undated family handout file photo issued by Humberside Police of 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who disappeared in Hull. Family Handout/PA Wire
Police search for missing 21-year-old student Libby Squire, on the Beverley and Barmston Drain after she went missing from her home in Hull since early on Friday. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Police search for missing 21-year-old student Libby Squire, on the Beverley and Barmston Drain after she went missing from her home in Hull since early on Friday. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Police search for missing 21-year-old student Libby Squire, on the Beverley and Barmston Drain after she went missing from her home in Hull since early on Friday. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Police search for missing 21-year-old student Libby Squire, on the Beverley and Barmston Drain after she went missing from her home in Hull since early on Friday. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Police search for missing 21-year-old student Libby Squire, on the Beverley and Barmston Drain after she went missing from her home in Hull since early on Friday. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Police search for missing 21-year-old student Libby Squire, on the Beverley and Barmston Drain after she went missing from her home in Hull since early on Friday. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Humberside Police handout video grab of the parents of student Libby Squire, Lisa and Russell Squire, making an emotional appeal for help in finding her. Humberside Police/PA Wire
Police investigating the disappearance of 21-year-old Libby Squire carry out searches in Wellesley Avenue in Hull. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Police investigating the disappearance of 21-year-old Libby Squire carry out searches in Wellesley Avenue in Hull. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Police investigating the disappearance of 21-year-old Libby Squire carry out searches in Wellesley Avenue in Hull. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Police investigating the disappearance of 21-year-old Libby Squire carry out searches in Wellesley Avenue in Hull. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
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A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of Hull student Libby Squire, Humberside Police said.

Humberside Police said the man was arrested at an address in Raglan Street, Hull, on Wednesday night.

A spokeswoman said 21-year-old Miss Squire has still not been found.

She was reported missing from the city in the early hours of Friday morning and an intensive search has been mounted by police and volunteers over the last week.

The spokeswoman said: "The man remains in our custody, assisting us with our enquires.

"We have not yet found Libby and doing so remains our top priority.

Police search for missing 21-year-old student Libby Squire, on the Beverley and Barmston Drain after she went missing from her home in Hull since early on Friday. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Police search for missing 21-year-old student Libby Squire, on the Beverley and Barmston Drain after she went missing from her home in Hull since early on Friday. Peter Byrne/PA Wire

"Libby's parents have been informed of the man's arrest and we're continuing to support them at this difficult time."

Police officers have taken to the streets where missing student Libby Squire was last seen almost a week ago as the search for the 21-year-old continues.

Humberside Police handout video grab of the parents of student Libby Squire, Lisa and Russell Squire, making an emotional appeal for help in finding her. Humberside Police/PA Wire
Humberside Police handout video grab of the parents of student Libby Squire, Lisa and Russell Squire, making an emotional appeal for help in finding her. Humberside Police/PA Wire

An 11-square-metre screen displaying images of the University of Hull student, who was reported missing from the city in the early hours of Friday, will also be driven around the area, Humberside Police said.

The force said officers would speak with people and hand out leaflets on Thursday night in a bid to gather information about her disappearance.

Police search for missing 21-year-old student Libby Squire, on the Beverley and Barmston Drain after she went missing from her home in Hull since early on Friday. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Police search for missing 21-year-old student Libby Squire, on the Beverley and Barmston Drain after she went missing from her home in Hull since early on Friday. Peter Byrne/PA Wire

On Wednesday, her parents Lisa and Russ issued a statement thanking everyone who had helped in the search for their daughter, saying they had been "overwhelmed with people's kindness and support".

Police said Mr and Mrs Squire, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, had met with their daughter's friends and university staff.

Police search for missing 21-year-old student Libby Squire, on the Beverley and Barmston Drain after she went missing from her home in Hull since early on Friday. Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Police search for missing 21-year-old student Libby Squire, on the Beverley and Barmston Drain after she went missing from her home in Hull since early on Friday. Peter Byrne/PA Wire

In their statement, the couple said Miss Squire - whose full name is Liberty Anna - has two younger sisters and a younger brother, who all live in High Wycombe.

They said: "Growing up, Libby was a really happy child, and she is extremely close to her family and her siblings."

Mr and Mrs Squire explained how Libby enjoyed English Language, English Literature and Latin at school and has a close group of friends stretching back to primary school.

They said she moved to Hull in September 2017 to study philosophy and was "really happy" at the university with a "lovely group of friends".

They said she had decided to attend Hull University because she "fell in love with the city".

Officers have said Miss Squire was dropped off in a taxi near her home on Wellesley Avenue at 11.29pm on Thursday and was seen 10 minutes later on CCTV near a bench on Beverley Road, where a motorist stopped to offer her help.

She is believed to have been in this area until around 12.10am on Friday.

A woman, who did not want to be named, told the Press Association on Wednesday that she had heard an "urgent, panicked scream" outside her house at around 12.30am on Friday.

The woman, who lives near Miss Squire's home, said the area is populated by students who make a lot of noise "any day of the week".

But she said the nature of the scream she heard on Friday morning was unusual and sounded like a woman was "being harassed".

She said the scream was followed by male voices and the sound of a "bang".

She said: "It was an urgent scream. It was panicked. It sounded like she was being harassed. That's not unusual but not that kind of scream."

She said she had spoken to police about what she had heard.

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