Suspect questioned after ex-PC vanishes

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Police last night continued questioning a man on suspicion of murder following the disappearance of Huddersfield man John Hay.

Yesterday as police continued a number of searches it was confirmed Mr Hay was a former police officer in West Yorkshire.

Mr Hay, 61, who in more recent times worked as a builder, has not been seen since last week. Yesterday detectives were continuing to question a man in connection with Mr Hay’s disappearance.

His white van was found near the Humber Bridge.

Police have been seen carrying out a number of searches in the Netherthong area south of Huddersfield and at an equestrian centre in Honley. They have also searched the areas close to where Mr Hay was seen.

He is understood to have served as a police constable in the Huddersfield area for around twenty years, including several in the traffic division.

Yesterday police in Kirklees issued a further appeal for information on the whereabouts of the missing Fenay Bridge man, who has not been seen since March 15.

Mr Hay was due home at lunchtime last Thursday but did not return.

He is described as being white, 6 ft 4in with thick white hair and is of average build.

When last seen, he was wearing navy or black trousers, a white t-shirt and a gilet.

His plain white panel van, bearing the registration A12 HAY was seen in the Hessle area of Humberside on Friday and detectives later found the van abandoned near to the Humber Bridge.

As a result of inquiries into Mr Hay’s disappearance, detectives this week arrested a 63-year-old man from the Netherthong area.

Yesterday, the man remained in custody, assisting officers with their inquiries.

Anyone who thinks they have seen Mr Hay or has any information about his disappearance is asked to contact Huddersfield CID by calling the non-emergency number 101.