Gemma Simpson case: Man in court

Gemma Simpson in 2000 Gemma Simpson disappeared in 2000

A man charged with the murder of a woman missing for 14 years has appeared in court.

Martin Bell, 44, of St Leonard's Crescent, Scarborough, is accused of murdering Gemma Simpson between 4 May and 3 June, 2000.

Miss Simpson, 23, of Harehills, Leeds, has not been seen since May 2000.

Mr Bell did not enter a plea when he appeared via video link at Leeds Crown Court, and was remanded in custody until 22 July.

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More England stories



  • Peaky Blinders publicity shotBrum do

    Why is the Birmingham accent so difficult to mimic?

  • Oliver CromwellA brief history

    The 900 year story behind the creation of a UK parliament

  • TheatreBard taste? Watch

    Are trailer videos on social media spoiling theatre?

  • A dog being dragged along the roadFlesh search

    An abused dog leads to an online hunt for the perpetrator

  • John Graham (right) and wife Susan held a press conference in Charlottesville, Virginia, on 21 September 2014Risky manoeuvre

    Hostages' families roll the dice with public appeals for release

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.