09/02/2019 11:29 GMT

Libby Squire: Police Thank Public For Help As Search For Missing Student Focuses On Local Playing Fields

Police could be seen using sticks and cameras to search the area on Saturday morning.

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Police have thanked the public in Hull for their help in the search for missing student Libby Squire, as officers investigating her disappearance continue to question a 24-year-old man.

The 21-year-old was reported missing from the city more than a week ago and an intensive search has been mounted by police and volunteers since then.

On Saturday morning, two police cars were parked on Raglan Street and officers were continuing to search the streets surrounding Squire’s house.

Police could be seen using sticks and cameras to search the back gardens of houses backing on to Oak Road Playing Fields.

The playing fields have been the focus of police searches over the last week.

Sharing a picture of a large screen featuring University of Hull student Miss Squire’s face, Humberside Police tweeted: “If you’re out shopping today in Hull city centre you’ll see these.

“You know we’ve been out searching for Libby Squire every day for the last week and thanks for your help. We have all come together. Thanks for letting us do our jobs as well.”

Police are believed to be examining CCTV footage which shows a man getting in and out of a car minutes after the last sighting of Miss Squire.

The footage, obtained by ITV news, appears to show a man sitting with his legs out the driver’s side door of a parked vehicle in Hull, said by the broadcaster to be close to where the philosophy student is thought to have disappeared.

He leaves the car, and a minute-and-a-half later a man then is seen opening the front passenger side door and moving around before getting behind the wheel and driving away.

The clip is said by ITV news to be “a central part” of the investigation into the student’s disappearance.

During the footage, thought to run from around a minute past midnight to a few seconds before 12.09am on February 1, a cyclist and car pass the parked vehicle.

Police were granted a further 36 hours detention from 9.11am on Friday to question the 24-year-old man, who was arrested on Wednesday night on suspicion of abduction.

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The address where the man was arrested is about half a mile from Miss Squire’s home.

Officers have said Squire was dropped off in a taxi near her home on Wellesley Avenue at 11.29pm on Thursday January 31 and was seen 10 minutes later on CCTV near a bench on Beverley Road, where a motorist stopped to offer help.

Police said the taxi driver and motorist have been spoken to and are not suspects.

Squire’s parents Lisa and Russ, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, issued a statement earlier this week thanking people for their support in trying to find their daughter.

In a statement released on Friday afternoon, Humberside Police said that the force is “still very much treating her disappearance as a missing person’s inquiry”.

A spokesman also thanked more than 50 volunteers who helped officers searching on Thursday night.