A Scarborough man will appear in court this morning charged with the murder of a woman who disappeared from her home 14 years ago.
Martin Bell will appear at York Crown Court on Saturday July 12 over the alleged killing of Gemma Simpson.
The 44-year-old suspect was arrested on Tuesday evening, and charges were brought against Bell on Friday.
Jan Lamping, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Yorkshire and Humberside saying: “Having carefully considered all of the evidence presented to us, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge this defendant with the murder of Gemma Simpson and that it is in the public interest to do so.
“This defendant now stands charged with serious criminal offences and has the right to a fair trial.”
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”.
See The Scarborough News website for coverage of the case.