Hull pub offers hot drinks to missing student search parties

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Supportive gesture: the Gardeners Arms in Hull has supported the community as police officers continue to search for a missing student (image: Bernard Sharp, Geograph)
Supportive gesture: the Gardeners Arms in Hull has supported the community as police officers continue to search for a missing student (image: Bernard Sharp, Geograph)

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A pub in Hull has provided free hot drinks and offered to look after searching for a missing university student.

Police officers are continuing to search for 21-year-old Libby Squire, who went missing last Thursday night (31 January) on a night out in the city.

Search parties made up of volunteers have been searching areas close to The Gardeners Arms, on Cottingham Rd.

The pub posted a statement of support on its Facebook page and said anyone involved in the search or affected by the situation was welcome through its doors.

“We are truly blown away by the community spirit we’ve witnessed these past few days in the search for Libby.

"Free Hot drinks (drink in or take away) and a warm welcome for all police, emergency services and search parties.

“Biscuits have also been kindly donated by our amazing local community. So please stop by and let us look after you.

Support for students

“Any students wanting to group together to support one another - our doors are always open for you."

The Mitchells & Butlers pub said it was important for the community to rally together in such trying circumstances.

“As a community, it’s times like this is when we need to support one another."

More than a hundred people have left comments about the supportive gesture on its Facebook page.

One comment reads: “Well done Gardeners Arms. I really am proud to say I come from Hull where in times of trouble people pull together.”

“How lovely is that - typical of a Yorkshire love,” another person said.

Continuing search

The missing student was seen getting into a taxi outside a city-centre night club and on a street close to her home address later on.

Humberside Police chief superintendent Phil Ward said: “We now know Libby arrived on Wellesley Avenue, her home address, around 11.29pm, although it’s not believed she entered the property.

“She is then seen on CCTV on Beverley Road at 11.40pm, and seen near to a bench close to the bus stop and junction with Haworth Street, when a motorist stopped and offered her help. 

“We believe she may have been in this area until around 12.09am, and are now continuing searches in and around the neighbouring roads and streets as well as viewing further CCTV footage.”

Ch Supt Ward urged anyone with information to come forward and speak to an officer or call the force on 101, quoting log number 29 of 1 February 2019.

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