A man has appeared in court today charged with the murder of a woman who went missing from Leeds fourteen years ago.
Gemma Simpson was 23 when she disappeared in May 2000 from Harehills.
Martin Bell, 44, who was arrested in Scarborough last week, appeared via video link at Leeds Crown Court today.
He was remanded in custody until July 22.
Police investigating the disappearance of a woman from Leeds more than 14 years ago have been searching woodland in North Yorkshire.
Officers have been scouring an area near popular tourist attraction Brimham Rocks in their search for the body of twenty three year old Gemma Simpson.
This morning 44-year-old Martin Bell, who was arrested in Scarborough earlier this week, appeared at York Magistrates Court charged with Gemma's murder. He was remanded in custody to appear at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday.
Gemma disappeared in May 2000 from the Harehills area of Leeds. Her body has never been found.
A man has appeared in court today charged with the murder of a woman who went missing more than 14 years ago.
Gemma Simpson was 23 when she disappeared in May 2000 from the Harehills area of Leeds. Her body has never been found.
44-year-old Martin Bell, who was arrested in Scarborough earlier this week, appeared at York Magistrates Court this morning. He was remanded in custody to appear at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday.
Meanwhile police officers have been searching an area around Brimham Rocks near Harrogate as part of the investigation.
A man has been charged with the murder of a woman who vanished in Leeds 14 years ago.
Gemma Simpson was 23 when she was last seen in the Harehills area on 5 May 2000, when she told a friend she was on her way to visit another friend Huddersfield.
Martin Bell, 44, of St Leonard's Crescent, Scarborough, was arrested in the town on Tuesday.
Mr Bell is due to appear at York Magistrates' Court on Saturday morning.
Police say CCTV will be used to monitor a horse fair in North Yorkshire.
Gates open today for travellers for the fair in Seamer near Scarborough, which will be held next Tuesday.
Facilities will be provided for the travellers including the provision of an onsite water supply and a horse trough, as well as portable toilets and a daily waste collection service. Travellers will be charged a fee for staying on the site, depending on the number off nights they stay.
Scarborough Borough Council is bringing in site managers who will be there 24 hours a day for the entire time the site is open.
North Yorkshire Trading Standards will also be present on site to check traders are acting legally and responsibly and the RSPCA will attend to ensure the welfare of horses and other animals.
Police investigating the disappearance of Gemma Simpson are searching a house in Scarborough.
A 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.
Gemma, 23, went missing from Harehills in Leeds 14 years ago.
A 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman who went missing more than 14 years ago.
Gemma Simpson, 23, from Leeds, disappeared in May 2000.
She told a friend she was catching a bus from the Harehills area of Leeds to the city centre but vanished.
West Yorkshire Police have confirmed a man has been arrested in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and a property is being searched in the seaside town.
Detective Chief Inspector Adrian Taylor, from West Yorkshire Police protective services (crime), said: "A 44-year-old man was arrested in Scarborough last night on suspicion of the murder of Gemma Simpson, who went missing in Leeds in May 2000.
"An address in Scarborough is currently being examined as part of the investigation and the man remains in custody while our inquiries continue.
"We have notified Gemma's family and will be keeping them informed of any developments."
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post last year, Miss Simpson's mother Linda Umpleby said: "It's unbearable. No mother should have to go through this.
"The frustration is so overwhelming you could scream."
She said: "I have had to live with this for 13 years and it cracks you up. I feel like she's there by my side all the time."
The York Press is tonight reporting that a man has been arrested in Scarborough over the murder of a woman who vanished 14 years ago. Gemma Simpson was 23 when she disappeared from her home in Leeds in 2000. A 44-year-old man is being held.
The site of the Futurist theatre in Scarborough's South Bay has gone on the market in the hope of finding a developer to regenerate it.
It comes after Scarborough Borough Council obtained evidence dispelling claims that there could be a grave containing human remains on the site.
Previous research conducted by supporters of the Futurist suggested that a concrete slab on a terrace to the rear of the theatre may mark the position of the final resting place of Thomas Alfred Fox, a brother of Will Catlin, who was the former founder and owner of the Futurist
However, results from exploratory excavations around and underneath the concrete slab show only "made ground", comprising of black-brown sandy silt and pieces of brick, plastic and metal.
Contractors didn't find any indication of human remains below the concrete slab.
Nick Edwards, Scarborough Borough Council Director of Business Support said:
"Based on the contractor's detailed explorations and subsequent findings, we are as satisfied as we can be that no human remains are buried below the concrete slab.
"We have shared the contractor's final report with the granddaughter of the Catlin family and hope that it brings her peace of mind and a conclusion to the uncertainty that has surrounded the area in recent months.
"We are now looking forward to seeing what proposals come forward from developers interested in regenerating the site.
"This is a chance to create something truly innovative and exciting for the South Bay that will reflect both the council's and local community's aspirations for the future of Scarborough as a first class destination."
A pedestrian has been killed after being hit by a lorry at Sherburn near Scarborough. It happened on the A64 at around 7.45pm Friday night (June20,2014).
The 25-year-old man was hit by a white and blue DAF lorry. He was taken to hospital suffering serious injuries but later died. Anyone who witnessed the collision or saw anyone walkiing along the side of the carriageway is urged to contact police.