Missing woman: Man arrested in Brixham
A TORBAY man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the disappearance of a woman at a caravan park eight years ago.
He was held in the cells at Torquay police station and questioned by two detectives from Lincolnshire.
At the same time as the arrest, police divers this week began land and underwater searches at Lakeside Caravan Park on Alford Road, Sutton On Sea — about 15 miles away from where Anne Simpson, 60, was last seen.
The search was due to continue for a number of days, said police.
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A 63-year-old man was arrested at his home address in the Breakwater area of Brixham on Tuesday, May 15, on suspicion of murder. It is believed he has lived in Brixham for at least the last two years.
A local resident said police had been spotted in the Breakwater area on May 15 and the police helicopter was hovering above.
The officer leading the inquiry said they are still keeping an open mind about the disappearance and murder was one line of inquiry.
Anne was last seen in September, 2004, and was reported missing the following day by her partner of ten years, Anthony Rogers.
She lived with him at Coastfields Caravan Park, Skegness.
In September 2011, an anniversary appeal was made by Anne’s two daughters, coinciding with a routine police review of the case.
Following the appeal, an anonymous call was made to Lincolnshire police from a public phone box in Wigston, Leicestershire.
The male caller offered information which led to the opening of new lines of inquiry.
After an eight-month investigation, an arrest was made in Brixham.
A man was later released on police bail to report to Torquay police station on June 19.
Det Chief Insp Nigel Storey, who is leading the investigation, said: “For seven years Anne’s family has endured the anguish of not knowing what had happened to their mother.
“The new information that has come to light may finally lead to answers and offer her daughters the closure they seek.
“I believe the anonymous caller possesses further information that will help us obtain those answers for Anne’s family.
“I would urge that person to contact us again and help me find out what happened on the day Anne disappeared.”
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Lincolnshire police on 101, quoting incident number 35 of May 15.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers in complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.