Hull remembers Libby Squire one year after the university student disappeared

Candles have been lit to mark a year since Hull university student Libby Squire disappeared after a night out in the city centre.

The 21-year old disappeared near her home in Hull, where she was studying philosophy, in the early hours of February 1, prompting a huge search.

She was last seen on a bench near the Beverley Road and Cottingham Road junction, after being turned away from the Welly nightclub.

She then disappeared.

Humberside Police carried out large-scale searches and door-to-door inquiries in a desperate attempt to find Libby. Credit: Humberside Police

Humberside Police carried out large-scale searches and door-to-door inquiries in a desperate attempt to find Libby.

Hundreds of uniformed officers took part in the operation, as well as search specialists, dog handlers and underwater officers.

The searches and appeals continued for several weeks until March 20, when police confirmed her body had been recovered from the Humber Estuary.

Detectives then announced they were treating her death as a "potential homicide".

Libby’s funeral finally took place on October 3 at her home village of West Wycombe at St Lawrence Church.

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On October 24, police announced Pawel Relowicz had been charged with the rape and murder of Libby.

His case has since been sent to Hull Crown Court and a trial has been set for June.

To mark the first anniversary of Libby's disappearance, the Hull Community Church in Newland Avenue opened its doors this morning.

Members of the public have been invited to light a candle and have a moment of reflection to remember Libby.

Members of the public have been invited to light a candle and have a moment of reflection to remember Libby. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Anne Dannerolle, from Hull Community Church said: "I visited the family over Christmas and spent an afternoon with them, and they have been so touched by the love of people.''

''It doesn't take away the pain, but you feel held when people love and support you - and that's really made a difference to them."