Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Man charged with murder of vet

Clive Sharpe has been charged with the murder of Catherine Gowing, pictured, a missing vet who has not been seen since last Friday
Clive Sharpe has been charged with the murder of Catherine Gowing, pictured, a missing vet who has not been seen since last Friday
Police at a cordon on Pinfold Lane in Alltami, after Ms Gowing's burned-out car was found

A man has been charged with the murder of missing vet Catherine Gowing.

Ms Gowing, 37, has been missing since she failed to arrive at work at the Evans Veterinary Practice in Mold, North Wales, on Monday. Clive Sharpe, 46, from Bethesda, Gwynedd, will appear at Mold Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

Earlier on Friday, police said they had found Ms Gowing's burned-out car in woodland close to a disused quarry and quarry pool, in Pinfold Lane, Alltami, about two miles from her home in New Brighton, Flintshire.

Speaking at North Wales Police HQ in Colwyn Bay, Karen Dixon, district Crown Prosecutor, said: "The CPS has been in close contact with North Wales Police as their investigation into Catherine Gowing's disappearance has developed.

"We can now confirm that, having carefully carried out a detailed review of the evidence gathered so far, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge Clive Sharpe with the murder of Catherine Gowing and it is in the public interest to do so.

"Accordingly we have authorised North Wales Police to charge the defendant and he will appear before Mold magistrates tomorrow morning. This is an extremely serious criminal charge and the police investigation continues."

Detective Superintendent John Hanson, who is leading the investigation for North Wales Police, renewed his appeal for witnesses. He said anyone who was in and around the area of the disused quarry at any time last weekend should come forward with any information they may have.

He added: "I have already spoken about the extent and scope of the examinations and searches taking place and the resources involved in the search to find Catherine. Those searches will continue into this evening and throughout the weekend. We will do all that is conceivably possible to find Catherine and return her to her family. That remains our priority.

"Catherine's family are still in North Wales and are being supported by family liaison officers. They are aware of this significant development and they are fully updated on the progress of the investigation."

The last confirmed sighting of Ms Gowing was at an Asda supermarket in Queensferry last Friday evening and officers have been scouring CCTV as they establish her movements. Police said she missed a weekend appointment but the alarm was not raised until Monday morning when she failed to arrive at work.

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