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Missing Libby Squire: Hull student's parents issue plea to daughter

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Image caption Libby Squire, from High Wycombe, was last spotted on CCTV near her student house in Hull

The parents of missing Libby Squire have urged their daughter to "get in touch" in an emotional appeal to her.

Hundreds of people have been involved in searches to find the 21-year-old, who was last seen in Hull on Thursday.

Police believe she got a taxi at the Welly Club music venue before arriving at her student house at about 23:30 GMT, where her mobile phone was found.

Her mother Lisa Squire said: "Libby, my darling pie, we just want to know that you are safe."

Humberside Police said it did not believe Miss Squire entered the student house, and she was seen on CCTV on Beverley Road at 23:40.

It is thought Miss Squire, from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, was near a bench by the junction with Haworth Street for about 30 minutes, with a motorist stopping to offer her help at one point.

Officers said her mobile phone "has not provided any further insight as to where she may be or her movements that night".

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Image caption Lisa and Russell Squire launched a video appeal for anyone with information to come forward

In a video appeal tweeted by Humberside Police, Mrs Squire urged her daughter to "get in touch with us any way you can".

"The whole family is missing you, especially me and your dad, your sisters and brother," she said.

"I miss you so much, it is breaking my heart not knowing where you are. I love you more."

The motorist who pulled over near the bench has subsequently made contact with police and had "really helped out" with the search, officers said.

A screwdriver, hammer and lip gloss were retrieved by forensic officers close to the spot where she was last seen.

But Humberside Police said they were not "connected with the inquiry into her disappearance" and the items were "part of another investigation".

Appealing to the public earlier, her father Russell Squire said "we just want Libby home".

He added: "Libby is our kind, thoughtful, beautiful girl who is loved by so many people.

"As you can appreciate this is a very difficult time for us both."

Mr Squire thanked "everyone for their help and support" before asking anyone with information to contact the force.

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Image caption A search has been carried out nearby in the Beverley and Barmston Drain

Officers have been searching in drains and wheelie bins along the street, while detectives conducted door-to-door inquiries.

Nearby, officers from the police marine unit travelled along a length of the frozen Beverley and Barmston Drain in inflatable rafts, breaking the ice and searching the water.

About 200 students were also involved in a search of the university premises.

The family previously said Miss Squire's disappearance was "very out of character" and they were "broken without her".

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Image caption Libby Squire was last seen on Thursday night

Police are keen to speak to anyone who was on Haworth Street between 23:30 and 00:30 on the night she disappeared.

Ch Supt Phil Ward, of Humberside Police, said: "While her location is not yet known, this does not mean she has come to harm, but we must carry out a thorough investigation and explore all possibilities.

"I would continue to ask people to please come forward with any information they have, no matter how insignificant or small they feel it may be. It could prove to be vital to the investigation and in finding Libby."

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Image caption Officers were seen searching bins and drains in the area

Miss Squire, who is 5ft 7in tall and has long dark brown hair, had been wearing a black leather jacket, black long-sleeved top and a black denim skirt with lace.

The University of Hull has said it was "deeply concerned" about the missing student and was working closely with police.

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