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Missing man murder search to conclude soon
Tuesday 18th October 2016 @ 12:14 by Nigel P.
Gorton & Openshaw



A policeman stands guard outside the Bank of England pub the scene of police search for the remains of Martin Joyce.

A policeman stands guard outside the Bank of England pub. The scene of a police search for the remains of Martin Joyce.

Detectives investigating the murder of a Gorton man Martin Joyce, listed as missing for over 17 years, will soon be winding up their search of a pub in their bid to find his body.

Detectives  launched a murder enquiry two weeks ago when they revealed that they had received fresh intelligence to suggest that Martin a father of one was in fact dead.

The implication was that Martin had been murdered in the last place he was positively sighted which was at The Bank of England pub in Ancoats on 5th September 1999.

Police investigators wasted no time in sealing off the pub (which has been empty for two years) as a crime scene, bringing in diggers, cadaver dogs, specially trained to locate human remains and even employing an archeologist in the search for clues.

Senior Investigating Officer Bob Tonge of GMP’s Major Incident Support Unit, said: “I’d like to thank the people of Greater Manchester for their support as we make developments in our investigation.

“We have taken our time to complete a thorough search of the pub, with experts assisting us in attempts to rule out certain lines of enquiry.

“I’d like to stress how important it is for people to come forward with any information that may assist us and help get answers for Martin’s family.

“I understand this is a trying time for everybody, especially for Martin’s family, who should be commended for their strength and patience.”

It is not yet known if the police search has revealed any specific clues to prove whether Martin has been killed or if there is any evidence of remain s at the pub.

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 4714 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.