Man, 40, held over ‘murder’ of missing mum 10 years after disappearance

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a mum who disappeared ten years ago.

Claire Holland, from Bristol, vanished after leaving the Seamus O’Donnell’s pub in St Nicholas Street at around 11.15pm on June 6, 2012.

Claire Holland disappeared back in 2012Credit: BPM

CCTV showed the mum-of-one on the day she vanished

CCTV showed the mum-of-one on the day she vanishedCredit: Police

The then 32-year-old was reported missing a few days later.

A 37-year-old man was initially arrested on suspicion of the murder of the mum-of-one in 2019 – but upon his release police said he remained under investigation.

Cops have today confirmed a now 40-year-old man has been arrested, although the identity of the suspect – who was awaiting questioning – has not yet been revealed.

Avon and Somerset Police said: “Detectives leading the inquiry carried out a significant police operation in connection with Claire’s disappearance last November, with searches conducted in a number of locations across Bristol.

“A renewed appeal, featuring CCTV footage from the day Claire disappeared, was also released by the Major Crime Investigation Team, who asked for anyone with information that could help them to come forward.

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“We are continuing to provide support and updates to Claire’s family and we’d ask for their privacy to be respected at this time.”

Last year the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) released CCTV footage showing Claire on the day she disappeared.

Police appealed for more information and several targeted searches in and around the Bristol area were carried out.

Senior Investigating Officer Det Insp Darren Hannant said at the time: “We’d like the public to cast their mind back to The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend, which was on the weekend of 2-5 June in 2012.

”Claire went missing the day after this significant national event.

“CCTV shows Claire walking along Baldwin Street heading towards the Seamus O’Donnell’s pub at around 9.30pm on Wednesday 6 June.

“We don’t have any footage showing where she went afterwards, but staff have confirmed she did leave the pub later that evening just after closing time, around 11.15pm.

“It is possible she headed in the direction of the fountains, near the Harbourside, but we don’t have any footage of her doing so, despite extensive reviews of more than 1,000 hours of available CCTV.”

Claire was described as white, around 5ft tall of a small build with shoulder length brown hair that is often tied in a ponytail.

She was last seen wearing black trousers, a short-sleeved black top with a grey t-shirt underneath and was also carrying a cream-coloured Primark re-usable carrier bag.

Det Insp Hannant added: “At this time, we’re treating Claire’s disappearance as suspicious.

”Claire had no known reason to go missing of her own accord and had made plans for the week following her disappearance.

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“Claire’s family are being kept up to date on the progress of this investigation and we’re committed to providing them with the answers they need.

“Specially trained liaison officers will continue to support them at this very difficult time.”

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