Sussex

Worthing arrest in missing Mark Manning murder inquiry

Mark Manning Image copyright Sussex Police
Image caption Mr Manning was last seen at Worthing railway station

Detectives investigating the murder of a bomb disposal expert who has been missing for more than a year have made an arrest.

It comes after an anniversary appeal made by Sussex Police a year after Mark Manning's disappearance.

Officers said a 38-year-old man from Worthing was in custody awaiting questioning on suspicion of murder.

Tip-offs following the anniversary appeal led to a police search at a lake in Worthing, but nothing was found.

Police said they were following up several other leads.

Mr Manning, of Brighton Road, Lancing, was last seen on 19 April 2014 when a friend dropped him off at Worthing railway station. His family reported him missing three days later.

The 54-year-old was a former military bomb disposal expert who had worked for the Mines Advisory Group, a charity that removes landmines and other dangers.

A murder inquiry began last June but no-one reported hearing from or seeing Mr Manning and his body was never found.

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