Man charged with murder of Leeds woman who went missing 14 years ago

Gemma Simpson
Gemma Simpson
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A MAN was today charged with murdering a woman who went missing from her home in Leeds more than a decade ago.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Martin Bell had been charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of Gemma Simpson from her home in May 2000.

Jan Lamping, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “Having carefully considered all of the evidence presented to us, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge this defendant with the murder of Gemma Simpson and that it is in the public interest to do so.”

Bell will appear before York magistrates on Saturday.

Gemma was 23 when she vanished, after telling a friend she was catching a bus from Harehills to Leeds city centre.

Speaking last year about Gemma’s disappearance, her sister, Naomi Carrack, of Otley, said: “The ache in our hearts hasn’t got any less in the last 13 years.”