Police scouring city in hunt for woman

POLICE are scouring a city in their search for a heavily-pregnant prostitute who vanished with a client, sparking fears for her safety.

Maria Toomey, 22, of Cholmley Street in Hull, was last seen more than two weeks ago with a shaven-headed, thick-set male, walking towards the back of Paragon Station in the city centre.

Humberside Police have set up an incident room, and a team of detectives is trying to trace her.

Det Supt Paul Davison said: “In terms of being vulnerable Maria is 22, 5ft 1in and methadone-dependent.

“She hasn’t been seen since October 28 and her mum and dad haven’t heard from her.’’

Since she was last seen Miss Toomey, who had been on a drug rehabilitation programme, had not collected her daily methadone prescriptions, or had any ante-natal care. She is due to give birth to her first child in nine weeks’ time.

She was reported missing by her boyfriend when she failed to return home.

Det Supt Davison added: “She may have gone somewhere to have her child, but we need to know where she is.

“Her boyfriend saw her leave home between 8pm and 8.30pm and she was later seen by a fellow worker at around 10pm outside the Tower nightclub on Anlaby Road.

“She was clean of heroin, but would have needed her methadone.

“The girls who work with her are obviously very concerned. It’s not like her not to be seen around.’’

Maria, who is slim and has long dark brown hair, was last seen wearing a plain grey jumper, black PVC skirt and black ankle boots.

Det Supt Davison led police investigations into the murder of Hull prostitute Natalie Clubb, 25, whose dismembered body was found in the Holderness Drain in July 1998. Last year her boyfriend Darren Adams was given a six-year jail sentence at Sheffield Crown Court after being found guilty of stabbing her seven times in the chest.

In June 1998 the battered and bruised body of another prostitute Hayley Morgan, 20, was found in an alleyway off Beverley Road in Hull. An inquest later recorded an open verdict, after finding she had probably been dumped there after dying from a massive overdose of heroin.

In October 1997 the body of Samantha Class, 29, was found washed up on the banks of the River Humber, sparking the biggest ever murder inquiry carried out by Humberside Police.

Gary Allen - a man described by psychologists as being “a psychopath with a dangerous aversion to women” – was acquitted at Sheffield Crown Court of killing Miss Class last year. But only months later was jailed for a total of five-and-a-half years at Plymouth Crown Court for viciously attacking two prostitutes in Plymouth