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Search for Anthony Lawrence - Police find a body in North Yorkshire

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11:10am 13th January 2018
(Updated 9:37pm 14th January 2018)

Police hunting for a man who was wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of Shane Gilmer have found a body in North Yorkshire. The exact location has not been confirmed yet. 

Statement from Humberside Police issued this evening (Sunday 14 Jan) 

DCI Stewart Miller said,

'We can confirm that at around 6pm this evening (Sunday 14 January) officers discovered the body of a man believed to be 55 year old Anthony Lawrence, in a vehicle in a rural location in North Yorkshire.'

'Mr Lawrence was wanted in relation to the murder of Shane Gilmer (30) and the attempted murder of his pregnant girlfriend Laura Sugden on Friday 12 January.'

'Since Friday evening we have been carrying out extensive enquiries into Mr Lawrence's whereabouts, which led to the location in North Yorkshire, upon where officers discovered a body.'

'We are being supported by North Yorkshire Police as part of our wider investigation.'


Previously we reported

Extensive searches had been underway to locate Anthony Lawrence after an incident  in Southburn, Driffield.


Det Chf Supt Judi Heaton said this afternoon (14 January)

“We are today continuing our investigation into the murder of Shane Gilmer and attempted murder of Shane’s partner Laura Sugden, who is pregnant.

Laura’s injuries were not life threatening and she and the baby are stable.

The incident happened in their home in Southburn, Driffield, on Friday evening and we are still actively searching for a suspect.

What’s really important to us is that we find Anthony Lawrence, who is also known as Tony Howarth, and bring him in safely.

We want to say thank you to the public for their assistance in our investigation so far.

Their information has been invaluable and we’re following up a number of lines of enquiry.

We have recovered a car linked to him – a blue Vauxhall Mevira – which is being examined by our forensic team."

They also recovered a crossbow from the scene, this is being forensically examined and officers had warned people not to approach him. 

“While we are not going to go into the specifics of what we believe happened that night, we do want to correct some misinformation that has been reported about the incident.

There is no suggestion that Lawrence came in through a cellar – there is no cellar."

Shane Gilmer - Family photo 

Shane Gilmer - Family photo


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