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Concern over missing Humberside Police sergeant

A sergeant with Humberside Police has gone missing after failing to turn up for his shift on Friday night. Senior officers and colleagues say they are growing concerned for the welfare of Sgt Neale Coy (50) because his disappearance is totally out of character.

"We are carrying out a number of inquiries at present to try and find him and it goes without saying that Neale's family along with myself and other colleagues are worried about his welfare and simply want to know he is ok. I have known Neale for over 20 years and it is totally out of character for him to simply not show up for a shift.

– Chief Supt Rich Kerman, Humberside Police

Sgt Coy, who has been a police officer for more than 27 years, was reported missing at around 11.20pm on Friday after failing to turn up for a night shift. He is white, of slim athletic build around 5ft 10in tall with short cropped dark coloured hair. It is not known what he may have been wearing.

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Missing people's families to get extra help

Families of missing people, including that of York chef Claudia Lawrence, will be given help to cope with the complex legal and financial issues they face.

The Government will be supporting a Private Members Bill which will introduce a presumption of death certificate.

The Bill introduced by John Glen MP, follows an announcement earlier this year of plans to simplify the law around the affairs of those who are missing presumed dead.

The presumption of death certificate will be equivalent to a death certificate in its legal power.

Having the certificate will help families deal with different aspects of the affairs of the missing person, such as existing direct debits or access to bank accounts.

This is a terrible situation that no family should have to go through. No-one can prepare for the heartache and confusion when a loved one disappears with no trace.

The existing system is convoluted and an additional nightmare for families to overcome. That is why we are changing the law and making the process much more straightforward.

The changes will create a simple legal framework to ensure bereaved people can deal with the property and affairs of a loved one who has gone missing and is presumed dead.

– Justice Minister Helen Grant

Missing People is delighted by this timely announcement from the MoJ backing John Glen's Private Member's Bill. The charity has been campaigning to end the unnecessary heartache faced by families when they seek to have a loved one legally presumed dead and today's announcement will be welcomed by them.

– Nicola Sharp, Director of Policy and Advocacy for Missing People

Selby MP backs Peter Lawrence's campaign for more rights for families of missing people

Nigel Adams MP pledged to back the Missing People campaign this week, after meeting with Peter Lawrence, the father of missing York University chef Claudia Lawrence.

He's been fighting for more rights to allow him to deal with Claudia's financial affairs, which under current legislation he cannot.

Knowing Peter personally I have seen firsthand the difficulties that families face when a loved one goes missing. I look forward to the second reading of the Presumption of Death Bill in November and will support the Missing Rights campaign until those who have experienced a loved one going missing can have their headache put to rest.

– Nigel Adams MP, Selby and Ainsty

The charity Missing People has campaigned for years to secure support for families and allow them more legal rights to deal with financial and other issues in the missing person's name. The charity is also campaigning for more emotional support to be provided.

“We are deeply heartened by the cross-party support that is being expressed by MPs and Peers in their support of the Missing Rights campaign which seeks to ease the heartache experienced by the families of missing people."

– Nicola Sharp, Missing People’s Director of Policy and Advocacy

MPs have this week also attended a roundtable discussion in the House of Commons which looked at John Glen MP’s Private Members’ Bill on Presumption of Death. This is due for second reading on 2nd November.