Humberside

Libby Squire: 'Significant concerns' for missing Hull student

Libby Squire Image copyright Humberside Police
Image caption More than 70 officers have been searching through the night

Police searching for a 21-year-old student who went missing after leaving a club have said they have "significant concerns" about her safety.

Libby Squire was last seen by her friends getting into a taxi outside The Welly on Beverley Road, Hull, at about 23:00 GMT on Thursday.

She got out of a taxi near her home on Wellesley Avenue and was last seen on CCTV about 23:45 on Beverley Road.

Det Supt Simon Gawthorpe said her disappearance was out of character.

Speaking at a press conference, he said: "Her family have described Libby as a very thoughtful young woman who always put other people before herself.

"They have said this is very out of character for Libby, and clearly that raises our concerns about her significantly."

Image caption A police dog unit is being used in the search
Image caption Fire crews have been searching a frozen pond near where she was last seen

Det Supt Gawthorpe said Ms Squire was spotted on the CCTV on Beverley Road, close to its junction with Haworth Street.

The officer said from there, she may have walked in either direction down Beverley Road or Haworth Street.

Police had made an earlier appeal to trace a driver who had stopped to help Ms Squire on Beverley Road, but they said he had now been located.

Image copyright Google
Image caption Libby Squire got a taxi outside The Welly club

More than 70 officers are involved in the search, and fire crews have been searching a frozen pond at Oak Road playing fields.

They have spoken to friends, and visited pubs and clubs in the area, as well as speaking to residents.

Det Supt Gawthorpe appealed for drivers with dashcam footage who were in the Beverley Road area between 23:00 and 03:00 to get in touch.

Police have also asked residents to check their gardens, sheds and outbuildings to see if she may have taken shelter there.

Friends of the student have also organised their own search party through social media.

Several have taken to Twitter, pleading for help to find her.

Ms Squire, who is 5ft 7ins tall and has long dark brown hair, was wearing a black leather jacket, black long sleeved top and a black denim skirt with lace.

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