Leeds & West Yorkshire

Missing Gemma Simpson: Man remanded on murder charge

Gemma Simpson in 2000 Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption Gemma Simpson disappeared in 2000

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a Leeds woman who vanished 14 years ago.

Gemma Simpson was 23 when she was last seen in the Harehills area of the city in May 2000, when she told a friend she was on her way to visit another friend in Huddersfield.

Martin Bell, 44, of St Leonard's Crescent, Scarborough, appeared before York Magistrates' Court.

Mr Bell was remanded in custody to appear at Leeds Crown Court on 15 July.

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