Man charged with murder in connection with disappearance of Gemma Simpson


CPS Yorkshire and Humberside has today announced that Martin Bell has been charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of Gemma Simpson from her home in Leeds in May 2000.

Jan Lamping, Senior District Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has been working closely with West Yorkshire Police in connection with this case.

"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. The defendant will first appear at York Magistrates' Court on 12 July.

"This defendant now stands charged with serious criminal offences and has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."