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Body found in hunt for 'crossbow killer'

Police hunting the "crossbow killer" of a man in East Yorkshire have discovered a body this evening.

Humberside Police launched a huge manhunt for 55 year old Anthony Lawrence following the murder of Shane Gilmer, 30 and the attempted murder of his pregnant girlfriend Laura Sugden on Friday.

Laura's injuries were not life threatening and she and the baby are in a stable condition in hospital.

"We can confirm that at around 6pm this evening (Sunday 14 January) officers discovered the body of a man believed to be 55 year old Anthony Lawrence, in a vehicle in a rural location in North Yorkshire.

"Mr Lawrence was wanted in relation to the murder of Shane Gilmer (30) and the attempted murder of his pregnant girlfriend Laura Sugden on Friday 12 January.

"Since Friday evening we have been carrying out extensive enquiries into Mr Lawrence's whereabouts, which led to the location in North Yorkshire, upon where officers discovered a body.

"We are being supported by North Yorkshire Police as part of our wider investigation."

– Humberside Police spokesperson

Detectives confirmed that a crossbow was found at the scene of a murder which took place in the hamlet of Southburn near Driffield on Friday night..

They also revealed earlier today that they had recovered a car linked to him – a blue Vauxhall Mevira – which was being examined by forensic officers.


Controversial spit guard trial set to begin

Credit: Humberside Police

Humberside police officers are set to begin a trial of spit guards from today.

A quarter of injuries to officers are caused by spitting or biting.

The three-month trial is being carried out by trained staff with body cameras.

A scrutiny group will scrutinise every use during the pilot.

The force do not expect to use spit guards on a daily basis.

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