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Missing Libby Squire: Suspect to be quizzed further

Libby Squire digital appeal Image copyright Humberside Police
Image caption Twenty digital advertising sites in the centre of Hull have been used to appeal for information about Libby Squire

Police investigating the disappearance of Libby Squire have been granted another 24 hours to question a man they suspect may have abducted her.

The University of Hull student, 21, has been missing since 31 January, when she went for a night out in the city.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of abduction on Wednesday at a house in Raglan Street, near to where Ms Squire was last seen.

Humberside Police can detain the man until 21:00 GMT on Sunday.

Det Supt Mathew Hutchinson said: "We are still treating Libby's disappearance as a missing person's enquiry.

"I have said previously that we are keeping an open mind as to her whereabouts and that is still very much the case.

"Our number one priority is to find Libby Squire and we are still conducting extensive searches and appealing for any information from the public."

Appeals to find the missing philosophy student, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, have been displayed on digital screens in Hull city centre.

Humberside Police said the appeal for information was being broadcast on 20 screens in the main shopping areas over the weekend.

Meanwhile, 2,000 flyers printed in English, Arabic, Russian, Lithuanian and Polish have been handed out asking for information.

Image copyright Squire family
Image caption Libby Squire has not been seen for more than a week

On Saturday morning two police cars were parked on Raglan Street, which is about half a mile from where Ms Squire was last seen and officers were continuing to search the streets surrounding her house.

Police were seen using sticks and cameras to search the gardens of houses backing on to Oak Road Playing Fields.

The playing fields have been the focus of police searches over the past week.

Ms Squire's family has said her disappearance was "very out of character".

Image caption Police searched a property on Raglan Street after a man was arrested on Wednesday night

Detectives believe Ms Squire went home in a taxi at about 23:30 on 31 January but did not enter the house.

Her mobile phone was found there but it "has not provided any further insight as to where she may be or her movements that night", the force has previously said.

Ms Squire was later seen on CCTV near Beverley Road where a motorist stopped to offer her help.

Both the taxi driver and motorist have been ruled out as suspects.

Ms Squire, who is 5ft 7in tall and has long dark brown hair, was wearing a black leather jacket, black long-sleeved top and a black denim skirt with lace when she went missing.

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Image caption Ms Squire's mum Lisa posted this message on her Facebook page a week after the disappearance

Libby Squire timeline:

  • 31 January: Ms Squire is believed to have been dropped off in a taxi from The Welly nightclub to her student home on Wellesley Avenue at about 23:30. She did not enter the house but her phone was found there. She was spotted on CCTV 10 minutes later near a bench on Beverley Road, by the junction with Haworth Street, where a motorist stopped to offer her help
  • 1 February: The philosophy student is believed to have remained in the area until about 00:09. She is later reported missing and officers begin a search
  • 4 February: Her parents make an emotional video appeal urging their daughter to "get in touch"
  • 5 February: About 200 students and staff gather in the rain at the University of Hull to show solidarity and support for Ms Squire, her family and friends
  • 6 February: A 24-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of abduction
  • 7 February: A large screen displaying images of the student is driven around parts of Hull and officers hand out leaflets in the area where Ms Squire was last seen
  • 8 February: Humberside Police is granted more time to question the arrested man
  • 9 February: Courts grant detectives a further 24 hours to continue holding the suspect

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