Body found at Harrogate beauty spot

Police tape.
Police tape.

Human remains have been found at a popular Harrogate beauty spot, police have confirmed.

Police investigating the disappearance of a woman who went missing from her home more than a decade ago made the discovery at Brimham Rocks.

Officers have been searching the area near to the Nidderdale landmark in the wake of the arrest of a man who has admitted killing Gemma Simpson, of Leeds.

She was 23 when she vanished in May 2000 after telling a friend she was catching a bus from her home in Harehills to Leeds city centre.

Detective Chief Inspector Adrian Taylor, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “Officers investigating the murder of Gemma Simpson have recently been conducting enquiries in the vicinity of Brimham rocks in North Yorkshire.

“As a result of extensive work in this area officers from West Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Police have now located human remains.

“It will take some time before the identification of the body can be confirmed but Gemma’s family have been kept fully informed of developments.

“Brimham Rocks itself remains open to the public.”

Martin Bell, 43, of St Leonard’s Crescent, Scarborough, was charged with her murder last month at a flat in Knaresborough Road, Harrogate, between May 4 and June 3, 2000. Leeds Crown Court has been told he has made “full and frank admissions” over her death.