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Police use infrared cameras and give residents questionnaires in hunt for missing student Libby Squire, 21, after being granted another 24 hours to quiz Polish butcher over her disappearance

  • Officers used infrared cameras to search outbuildings near student's Hull home
  • Detectives gave residents form with seven questions over missing Libby Squire 
  • Police have been given a 24 hour extension to question butcher Pawel Relowicz
  • The 24-year-old Polish man is being held over the disappearance of student, 21

By Sophie Law and Danyal Hussain and James Fielding For Mail Online

Published: 07:16 EST, 10 February 2019 | Updated: 07:23 EST, 10 February 2019

Police used infrared cameras and gave residents questionnaires in the hunt for missing university student Libby Squire as officers refuse to give up hope.  

It comes as police have been granted a 24 hour extension to question a Polish butcher about the disappearance of 21-year-old Libby. 

Previously, officers had until 9pm this evening to charge Pawel Relowicz, 24, over her disappearance.  

High-tech cameras were used to search outbuildings in Hull near the home of the philosophy student who went missing after a night out on January 31. 

Officers used the high-tech cameras to search outbuildings in Hull near the home of the student who went missing after a night out on January 31
Officers used the high-tech cameras to search outbuildings in Hull near the home of the student who went missing after a night out on January 31

Officers used the high-tech cameras to search outbuildings in Hull near the home of the student who went missing after a night out on January 31

Police have held Pawel Relowicz (left) over the disappearance of Libby Squire, 21, and have been granted an extension of 24 hours
Police have held Pawel Relowicz (left) over the disappearance of Libby Squire, 21, and have been granted an extension of 24 hours

Police have held Pawel Relowicz (left) over the disappearance of Libby Squire, 21, and have been granted an extension of 24 hours

Libby Squire was last seen on Thursday, January 31, after leaving the Welly Club in Hull
Libby Squire was last seen on Thursday, January 31, after leaving the Welly Club in Hull
Libby Squire
Libby Squire

Detectives said the force has received hundreds of calls since the 21-year-old University of Hull student (left and right)  was reported missing in the early hours of Friday 1st of February

The infrared cameras are capable of detecting people who are hidden or obscured by cover and are equipped with a microphone to hear hidden subjects.  

And neighbours were quizzed by detectives who handed them a form with seven questions to complete. 

A source told the Sun: 'It asked where they were the night Libby went missing, if they know her, had they seen any suspicious activity in the street before the arrest and had they ever noticed the car before.'  

The questionnaire also asked residents if they knew anyone who lived in the house where Polish butcher Relowicz lives.

A source said: 'The police won't give up hope until all hope has gone. They owe that to Libby.' 

Humberside Police also confirmed that they are still treating the case as a missing person's enquiry. 

The infrared cameras are capable of detecting people who are hidden or obscured by cover and are equipped with a microphone
The infrared cameras are capable of detecting people who are hidden or obscured by cover and are equipped with a microphone
The infrared cameras are capable of detecting people who are hidden or obscured by cover and are equipped with a microphone
The infrared cameras are capable of detecting people who are hidden or obscured by cover and are equipped with a microphone

The infrared cameras are capable of detecting people who are hidden or obscured by cover and are equipped with a microphone

A statement released by Humberside Police said: 'A further extension has been granted by the courts for officers to question a man arrested in connection with the disappearance of Hull student Libby Squire.

'The extension allows officers to continue to question the 24-year-old until 9pm tomorrow (Sunday, February 10).'

Detective Superintendent Mathew Hutchinson said: 'I can confirm that the court has granted us a further 24 hours to question the man.

'We are still treating Libby's disappearance as a missing person's enquiry. 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.'  

Two police cars were parked on Raglan Street on Saturday morning as students living in the area described the case as 'surreal and scary'.

A police car outside a property in Raglan Street in Hull. Pawel Relowicz's home is on this street
A police car outside a property in Raglan Street in Hull. Pawel Relowicz's home is on this street

A police car outside a property in Raglan Street in Hull. Pawel Relowicz's home is on this street

Marzena Relowicz, mother of Pawel Relowicz, spoke at her home in Warszewice, Poland today
Marzena Relowicz, mother of Pawel Relowicz, spoke at her home in Warszewice, Poland today
Pawel Relowicz, pictured in a family photo
Pawel Relowicz, pictured in a family photo

Marzena Relowicz (left), mother of arrested man Pawel Relowicz (right in a family photo), sobbed as she spoke to MailOnline at her home in Warszewice, Poland and said: 'My son is no killer'

Officers also continued to search the streets surrounding Miss Squire's house. She has been missing since January 31. 

Police could be seen using sticks and cameras to search the back gardens of houses backing on to Oak Road Playing Fields which has been the focus of searches over the last week.

The news comes as a JustGiving page was launched to alleviate the financial costs of Libby's parents staying in Hull as the search continues for her daughter. 

Lisa and Russ Squire are from High Wycombe and Craig Hopkins, a mature student at Hull University where Libby is enrolled, started the crowdfunding campaign to alleviate unneeded financial stress. 

Police officers search in Hull near the home of 21-year-old student Libby Squire
Police officers search in Hull near the home of 21-year-old student Libby Squire

Police officers search in Hull near the home of 21-year-old student Libby Squire

Police officer searches in Hull near the home of the missing Hull University student
Police officer searches in Hull near the home of the missing Hull University student
Police officer searches in Hull near the home of the missing Hull University student
Police officer searches in Hull near the home of the missing Hull University student

Police officers search in Hull near the home of the missing Hull University student

He told Hull Live: 'They must be going through such a terrible ordeal and this is such a challenging time, so it would be great if we could ease at least one pressure on the family.

'Staying in Hull will have financial implications for them, with hotels and food, so it would be great if we could come together as a community and help them.'

The 44-year-old added: 'I am a mature student at the University of Hull, and although I don't know Libby, it's like we're all searching for a member of the university family.'

So far, the fundraiser has raised £3,056.  

Police officers continued their nine-day search for Libby Squire in back gardens near her home
Police officers continued their nine-day search for Libby Squire in back gardens near her home

Police officers continued their nine-day search for Libby Squire in back gardens near her home

Police have also been examining the CCTV footage, taken on Haworth Street, Hull just after midnight last Friday. Pictured searching near Libby's home 
Police have also been examining the CCTV footage, taken on Haworth Street, Hull just after midnight last Friday. Pictured searching near Libby's home 

Police have also been examining the CCTV footage, taken on Haworth Street, Hull just after midnight last Friday. Pictured searching near Libby's home 

Yesterday, a CCTV clip was released and is believed to be the last sighting of Libby, showing her climbing into the passenger side of a car and being driven away by a man. 

Police have been examining the CCTV footage, taken on Haworth Street, Hull just after midnight last Friday, which shows the male driver rolling a cigarette before helping a passenger, thought to be Libby, get into the car. 

The JustGiving page, started by a fellow Hull University student, has so far raised more than £4,000 
The JustGiving page, started by a fellow Hull University student, has so far raised more than £4,000 

The JustGiving page, started by a fellow Hull University student, has so far raised more than £4,000 

The man then walks around to the driver's side, gets in and pulls away just minutes before Libby was previously last seen.    

A cyclist and another vehicle are seen minutes before the driver leaves, and may provide crucial witness testimony. 

The grainy video, shared by ITV News, is now being examined by police. 

The time on the CCTV footage is believed to be a minute slow. 

A second video, taken minutes later and revealed by The Sun, shows a similar car being driven half a mile away.  

Humberside Police's Detective Superintendent Matt Hutchinson told ITV News: 'There have been 100s of hours of CCTV footage viewed as part of our investigation into the disappearance of Libby Squire.

'There are various lines of enquiry we have investigated and are following up in connection to CCTV footage.

'While we currently have a man in custody and proceedings are active, we are unable to provide any further comment in regards to the nature of any footage so not to prejudice any potential further proceedings.

'Our priority remains to find Libby and support her family during this incredibly distressing time. We continue to keep an open mind and would ask anyone who believes they have information that could assist with the investigation to please make contact with police.'

In Hull, officers stopped the public entering a large area of Oak Road playing fields surrounding a pond with a helicopter hovering above as they searched drains and bins. It is half a mile from Libby's home.

One woman said she heard 'dark and eerie' screams from near the park on the night she disappeared and saw a man running away, according to The Mirror.

CCTV footage from where Libby Squire was last seen shows a man rolling a cigarette before driving away
CCTV footage from where Libby Squire was last seen shows a man rolling a cigarette before driving away

CCTV footage from where Libby Squire was last seen shows a man rolling a cigarette before driving away

Teams were also scouring a stretch of riverbank and a series of abandoned buildings - but officers turned walkers away and refused to say why they were back in an area they have already checked in the seven days since she vanished.

A forensics officer was also seen bagging up evidence and photographing an area of pathway leading into the cordoned-off zone. 

As part of their ongoing investigation, police arrested Paweł Rełowicz although he is not thought to be the man in the CCTV footage.  

Rełowicz, a married father-of-two who works as a butcher in a Humberside bacon factory, remains in custody after officers hunting for Miss Squires were given 36 more hours to question him over her disappearance.

Detectives have sealed off his rented house, took away his computers and towed away his silver Vauxhall Astra after they arrested him on Wednesday night on suspicion of abducting her a week ago in Hull.

The footage shows the car driving away at 12.07am, just  minutes from when the university student was last seen
The footage shows the car driving away at 12.07am, just  minutes from when the university student was last seen

The footage shows the car driving away at 12.07am, just  minutes from when the university student was last seen

His terraced home is half a mile from the bench where Miss Squire was last seen sitting in a drunken state shortly before midnight last Thursday. 

MailOnline visited Rełowicz' mother Marzena in Poland today who said she understood her son was driving through the area where the philosophy student was last seen and had offered a lift to a girl he saw sobbing on the street.

She said: 'My son is no killer. Paulina [Pawel's sister] told me that he was driving home and saw a girl crying. Paulina told me he had given her a lift as she wanted to go home. 

'I know in my heart that Pawel did not do anything to this girl. My heart is breaking over this and I feel so sad for the girl's parents and what they are going through. I can't imagine their pain. If I could go to England I would and would kneel before them and pray that she is found.' 

The University of Hull said the student wellbeing team was available for anyone who needs support at the weekend. 

Timeline: The hunt for missing Libby Squire

11pm Thursday, January 31: Libby is refused entry at Welly Club around two miles from her home and put into a taxi

11.30pm: Libby was dropped off on Wellesley Avenue - but does not go inside her house

11.45pm: Libby was seen sitting on a bench around the corner on Beverley Road. A witness says she was seen speaking to the driver of a car.

12.09am: Detectives believe Libby stayed in the area for about half an hour and was wandering the streets near her student digs.

12.30am, Friday February 1: A near-neighbour says she woke up after hearing 'blood-curdling' screams. 

February 6: A 24-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of abduction and is 'helping police with their enquiries'  

February 7: Police ask for more time to interview abduction suspect.

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