Parents of Libby Squire attend prayer vigil as search for student continues

The parents of missing university student Libby Squire have attended a prayer vigil, as the search for their daughter continues.

Miss Squire, 21, has not been seen since vanishing more than a week ago, and Sunday marks 10 days since officers started looking for her.

Lisa Squire, the mother of the University of Hull philosophy student, could be seen hugging a police officer as she left the Hull Community Church following the vigil.

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Parents Russ and Lisa Squire outside Hull Community Church (Danny Lawson/PA)

Mrs Squire and her husband, Russ, had previously made emotional pleas for information about their daughter's disappearance.

On Sunday, officers could be seen entering a property on Raglan Street, Hull, where a 24-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday night on suspicion of abducting the missing student.

Police could be seen leaving the property with evidence bags, and they also used a camera to search the drains of the terraced house.

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Police officers search a property on Raglan Street in Hull (Danny Lawson/PA)

Humberside Police announced on Saturday evening that they had been granted another 24 hours to question the arrested man.

The extension allows detectives to quiz the man until 9pm on Sunday.

The search for Miss Squire has seen officers scour gardens and alleyways around her home on Wellesley Avenue, and officers have repeatedly looked around the nearby Oak Road playing fields.

Large digital posters displaying the face of the missing student have also been placed around Hull city centre, and university students have been assisting police with their searches.

If you're out shopping today in Hull city centre today you'll see these. You know we've been out searching for Libby Squire every day for the last week and thanks for your help. We have all come together. Thanks for letting us do our jobs as well #HelpFindLibbypic.twitter.com/lJyL2R6kXh

— Humberside Police (@Humberbeat) February 9, 2019

Detectives have previously said that they are continuing to treat her disappearance as a missing persons investigation.

According to police, Miss Squire was seen taking a taxi from a nightclub on the evening of Thursday January 31.

Officers said that she was dropped off near her home at around 11.29pm, and was then seen near a bench on Beverley Road around 10 minutes later.

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Missing student Libby Squire (Humberside Police/PA)

It is understood that police are examining CCTV footage, obtained by ITV News, which shows a man getting in and out of a car minutes after the last sighting of the student, who is originally from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

In the video, the unidentified man is seen opening the front passenger door and moving around, before getting behind the wheel and driving away at around 12.09am on Friday February 1.

Detective Superintendent Matthew Hutchinson said on Saturday: "We are still treating Libby's disappearance as a missing persons inquiry. I have said previously that we are keeping an open mind as to her whereabouts and that is still very much the case.

"Our number one priority is to find Libby Squire and we are still conducting extensive searches and appealing for any information from the public."

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Police officers remove items from a property on Raglan Street in Hull in connection with the disappearance of 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who has been missing from her home in the city since February 1st. Investigators have been given more time to question a 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of her abduction on Wednesday. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Staff and students gather at the University of Hull in solidarity and support of student Libby Squire, who has been missing from her home in the city since early on Friday.
A police car in Raglan Street in Hull, after officers searching for 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who went missing from her home in the city since early Friday, arrested a 24-year-old man.
Raglan Street in Hull, after officers searching for 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who went missing from her home in the city since early Friday, arrested a 24-year-old man.
Raglan Street in Hull, after officers searching for 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who went missing from her home in the city since early Friday, arrested a 24-year-old man.
President of University of Hull Students' Union Osaro Otabo (left) and Vice-Chancellor of the university Professor Susan Lea as they address students and staff gathered in solidarity and support of student Libby Squire, who has been missing from her home in the city since early on Friday.
Staff and students gather at the University of Hull in solidarity and support of student Libby Squire, who has been missing from her home in the city since early on Friday.
A police officer with a dog conducts a search on Wellesley Avenue in Hull as they investigate the disappearance of 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who has been missing from her home in the city since early on Friday.
Police search Oak Road Pond in Hull as they investigate the disappearance of 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who has been missing from her home in the city since early on Friday.
Police search Oak Road Pond in Hull as they investigate the disappearance of 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who has been missing from her home in the city since early on Friday.
Police search drains on Heathcote Street in Hull as they investigate the disappearance of 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who has been missing from her home in the city since early on Friday.
Chief Superintendent Phil Ward reads a statement abot 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who has been missing from her home in Hull since early on Friday.
Police outside the home of 21-year-old student Libby Squire in Hull who has been missing since early on Friday, as her parents have made an emotional appeal or help in finding her.
Police search for missing 21-year-old student Libby Squire, on the Beverley and Barmston Drain after she went missing from her home in Hull since early on Friday.
Police search for missing 21-year-old student Libby Squire, on the Beverley and Barmston Drain after she went missing from her home in Hull since early on Friday.
Police investigating the disappearance of 21-year-old Libby Squire carry out searches in Wellesley Avenue in Hull.
Police search for 21-year-old student Libby Squire in Newland near Hull, who disappeared on Thursday night.
A forensic investigator at a house in Raglan Street, Hull, after officers searching for 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who went missing from her home in the city since early Friday, arrested a 24-year-old man.
Police at Oak Road playing fields in Hull during the search for 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who went missing from her home in the city since early Friday.
Police investigating the disappearance of Hull University student, Libby Squires, have arrested a 24-year-old Polish father of two on suspicion of abduction.
The Hull University student has not been seen for a week despite a huge search.
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