Sussex

Man charged in Gary Hampson Brighton murder probe

Gary Hampson
Image caption Gary Hampson was last seen collecting his daughter from school in January

A 61-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a father from Brighton who went missing earlier this year.

Daniel Alexander, of no fixed address, is due to appear before Brighton Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Gary Hampson, 42, of Portslade, has not been seen since picking his 10-year-old daughter up from school on 6 January.

Police are due to begin searches for his body on Wednesday and have said they may dig up areas of the city and the A23 corridor.

'Scoping exercise'

Mr Alexander is also charged with robbery, attempted robbery, causing grievous bodily harm and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The robbery charges relate to incidents in Brighton on 19 and 21 January this year, officers said.

A second man, Roy Bartup, 67, of Natal Road, Brighton, has been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and is also due to appear before magistrates in the city on Wednesday.

Det Ch Insp Jeff Riley, from the Sussex Police major crime branch, said plans to search areas of Brighton had involved a "scoping exercise" with a specialist advisor.

Mr Riley said: "We are working with search advisors to consider a search for a body and are currently focusing our attention on the A23 corridor. We plan to begin searching on Wednesday."

Police are still appealing for information about Mr Hampson's disappearance and have urged people to come forward.

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