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EXCLUSIVE...Murder arrest in Scarborough

Police are understood to have searched a property in St Leonard's Crescent as part of the murder investigation

Police are understood to have searched a property in St Leonard's Crescent as part of the murder investigation

A man has been arrested in Scarborough on suspicion of murdering a woman who went missing 14 years ago.

A 44-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday night on suspicion of killing Gemma Simpson, who disappeared from her home in Leeds in 2000.

Police have been searching an address, understood to be in St Leonard’s Crescent, as part of their investigation.

Officers from West Yorkshire have been drafted in to work on the case, and the suspect remains in custody.

Gemma disappeared on May 3, 2000, just weeks before her 24th birthday.

Before going missing, she told a friend she was getting on a bus to go to Leeds city centre, and then to Huddersfield.

Gemma, who was said to be in good spirits before her disappearance, has been described by her mother as “boisterous, fun-loving and humorous”.

Detective Chief Inspector Adrian Taylor, from West Yorkshire Police Protective Services (Crime), said: “A 44-year-old man was arrested in Scarborough last night on suspicion of the murder of Gemma Simpson who went missing in Leeds in May 2000.

“An address in Scarborough is currently being examined as part of the investigation and the man remains in custody while our enquiries continue.

“We have notified Gemma’s family and will be keeping them informed of any developments.”

 
 
 

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