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Libby Squire mystery continues as Polish butcher, 24, who was arrested over her abduction is charged – but with voyeurism and indecency offences NOT linked to the student’s disappearance

  • Bacon factory worker Pawel Relowicz, 24, has been charged with with voyeurism, burglary and indecency 
  • He was arrested in connection with the abduction of Libby but the charges are unrelated to her disapearance 
  • Philosophy student Libby, 21, was last seen near her home in Hull, East Yorkshire on the night she disappeared 
  • Relowicz was arrested on Wednesday evening at the rented home he lives with his wife and two children 
  • Libby's parents Lisa and Russ attended a vigil at Hull Community Church to mark 10th day since she vanished  
  • Police were given a 24 hour extension to question Polish butcher Pawel Relowicz, 24, while home is searched 

By Brendan Mcfadden For Mailonline

Published: 16:49 EST, 10 February 2019 | Updated: 17:23 EST, 10 February 2019

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Pawel Relowicz  has been charged with voyeurism, burglary and indecency

A Polish bacon factory worker arrested on suspicion of the abduction of missing student Libby Squire has been charged with a string of offences unrelated to the 21-year-old's disappearance.    

Libby, 21, was on a night out when she disappeared near her home in Hull, East Yorkshire.

Pawel Relowicz, 24  has been charged with voyeurism, burglary and indecency.

Police originally had until 9pm yesterday evening to charge the butcher, 24, over Miss Squire's disappearance but were given a 24-hour extension. 

Relowicz was arrested on Wednesday and officers have been searching his home in a bid to find out information about her disappearance. 

Relowicz was arrested at the rented home in Hull he lives at with his wife and two young children. 

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

Relowicz' mother was left stunned last night after being told her son had been charged with burglary and public indecency – but not the abduction of Libby Squires,

“I don’t know what to say,I am just speechless,” said 52-year-old Marzena Relowich.

‘Why are they keeping him jail ? There is something wrong here. I just do not understand this and it is all too much to take in.’

Mail Online informed the mother-of-eight that her son had been charged with the offences.

He was held on suspicion of the abduction of the student and quizzed for the maximum amount of time before charges had to be brought or be released.

Earlier, Marzena, speaking at the family home in the village of Warszewice, said she had to take medication because she was so stressed by the arrest of her son.

She said she had been waiting anxiously by the phone for any news of her son.

Marzena had insisted he son could not have been involved with the disappearance of Libby.

Relowicz emigrated from the village of Warszewice in northern Poland to the UK five years ago and works as a butcher at a bacon factory in Malton, North Yorkshire.  

Relowicz's mother sobbed as she told MailOnline on Friday her son is 'no killer' - but revealed he had picked up a 'crying girl' in his car and offered her a lift home on the night the missing student vanished.

Last night CCTV footage was being examined by police searching for the missing student.

Grainy film from a camera near the area where Miss Squire was last seen shows a man smoking by a car. Later another figure opens the passenger door and ‘someone or something’ is put inside.

The smoker then gets in the car and drives off. Police say the clip – obtained by ITV News – is among hundreds of hours of footage being investigated and officers continue to keep ‘an open mind’.    

Earlier today, Libby's mother, Lisa was seen hugging a police officer after a church service in their hometown to mark the tenth day since she disappeared.

She was accompanied by Libby's father Russ at the vigil at Hull Community Church today. 

Meanwhile detectives used infra-red cameras to search the area near the 21-year-old's home and searched a gutter outside Relowicz's home.   

Police have been seen removing computers from Relowicz's house and the front and back doors of his home were today  sealed with metal sheets by officers. 

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

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

Officers have sealed off the property where Paweł Rełowicz (pictured) lives with his wife Jagoda and their two children after towing away his silver Vauxhall Astra from the street outside at 10pm last night.
Officers have sealed off the property where Paweł Rełowicz (pictured) lives with his wife Jagoda and their two children after towing away his silver Vauxhall Astra from the street outside at 10pm last night.
Libby Squires has been missing since last Thursday
Libby Squires has been missing since last Thursday

Relowicz, (left), emigrated from the village of Warszewice in northern Poland to the UK five years ago. Libby (right), 21, was last seen near her home in Hull, East Yorkshire on the night she disappeared after being refused entry to a nearby nightclub 

Police officers search Relowicza's property on Raglan Street in Hull using high-tech cameras
Police officers search Relowicza's property on Raglan Street in Hull using high-tech cameras

Police officers search Relowicza's property on Raglan Street in Hull using high-tech cameras

Missing student Libby Squire's mother Lisa is pictured hugging a police officer outside Hull Community Church today 
Missing student Libby Squire's mother Lisa is pictured hugging a police officer outside Hull Community Church today 

Missing student Libby Squire's mother Lisa is pictured hugging a police officer outside Hull Community Church today 

The home of Pawel Relowicz (seen in a family photo), is half a mile from the bench where Miss Squire was sitting in a drunken state shortly before midnight eight days ago.
The home of Pawel Relowicz (seen in a family photo), is half a mile from the bench where Miss Squire was sitting in a drunken state shortly before midnight eight days ago.

The home of Pawel Relowicz (seen in a family photo), is half a mile from the bench where Miss Squire was sitting in a drunken state shortly before midnight eight days ago.

Libby's father Russ was also at the church and was pictured leaving with her mother. The area was monitored by police
Libby's father Russ was also at the church and was pictured leaving with her mother. The area was monitored by police

Libby's father Russ was also at the church and was pictured leaving with her mother. The area was monitored by police

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

Officers have sealed off the property where Paweł Rełowicz (pictured) lives with his wife Jagoda and their two children after towing away his silver Vauxhall Astra from the street outside at 10pm last night.
Officers have sealed off the property where Paweł Rełowicz (pictured) lives with his wife Jagoda and their two children after towing away his silver Vauxhall Astra from the street outside at 10pm last night.
Libby Squires has been missing since last Thursday
Libby Squires has been missing since last Thursday

Relowicz, (left), emigrated from the village of Warszewice in northern Poland to the UK five years ago. Libby (right), 21, was last seen near her home in Hull, East Yorkshire on the night she disappeared after being refused entry to a nearby nightclub

Police are pictured today removing items from the house of Polish butcher Pawel Relowicz in Hull
Police are pictured today removing items from the house of Polish butcher Pawel Relowicz in Hull

Police are pictured today removing items from the house of Polish butcher Pawel Relowicz in Hull

 At 11pm the night she disappeared, Libby was refused entry at Welly Club around two miles from her home and put into a taxi by her friends.

At 11.30pm was dropped off by a taxi but did not go inside her home and at 11.45 Libby was last seen sitting on a bench around the corner on Beverley Road.

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

At 12.30pm a neighbour said that they were woken up by a blood-curdling scream.

High-tech cameras were used to search outbuildings in Hull near the home of the philosophy student. 

The infra-red cameras are capable of detecting people who are 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. 

Two women who live on Libby's street said today: 'It's absolutely tragic, we can't get over what has happened. We hope she's found.'

A father-of three-who was walking his dog in the area said: 'You almost try piece together yourself what has happened to her.

'We hope she'll be found soon because I can't imagine how the parents must feel.'

Another dog walker who has lived around the area for over 30 years said: 'Nothing like this has ever happened since I've been around here.

'The community has been left devastated about her disappearance.

'I have a daughter who is around her age too, I can only imagine how her parents are coping at the moment.'

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, a married father-of-two, lives.

Police officers also continued to search a property on Raglan Street, Hull, where the 24-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday night.

A large police van could be seen at the bottom of the road, with several officers walking in and out of the property carrying items. 

Police officer searching  the property on Raglan Street, Hull, where the 24-year-old  Relowicz  was arrested on Wednesday night
Police officer searching  the property on Raglan Street, Hull, where the 24-year-old  Relowicz  was arrested on Wednesday night

Police officer searching  the property on Raglan Street, Hull, where the 24-year-old  Relowicz was arrested on Wednesday night

A large police van could be seen at the bottom of the road, with several officers walking in and out of the property carrying items
A large police van could be seen at the bottom of the road, with several officers walking in and out of the property carrying items
A large police van could be seen at the bottom of the road, with several officers walking in and out of the property carrying items
A large police van could be seen at the bottom of the road, with several officers walking in and out of the property carrying items

A large police van could be seen at the bottom of the road, with several officers walking in and out of the property carrying items

Neighbours were quizzed by detectives who handed them a form with seven questions to complete
Neighbours were quizzed by detectives who handed them a form with seven questions to complete

Neighbours were quizzed by detectives who handed them a form with seven questions to complete

A map showing where Miss Squire was last seen and where police have been carrying out searches
A map showing where Miss Squire was last seen and where police have been carrying out searches

A map showing where Miss Squire was last seen and where police have been carrying out searches

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

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

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. 

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'

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 

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 8: Police ask for more time to interview abduction suspect.

February 9: Pawel Relowicz is arrested

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.' 

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.

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

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.   

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.  

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

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