Claire Holland's family plead for information as police release new images of the young mum who disappeared 10 years ago

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Police have released new images of a young mum who disappeared in suspicious circumstances ten years ago.

Claire Holland, 32, was last seen at the Seamus O'Donnell's pub in St Nicholas Street, Bristol, on the night of Wednesday June 6, 2012.

Claire, from Lawrence Weston, Bristol, was reported missing by her family a few days later.

A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the murder of the mum-of-one in 2019.  The now 39-year-old remains released under investigation.

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

Police are appealing for more information and several targeted searches in and around the Bristol area will be carried out over the next few days.

Senior Investigating Officer Det Insp Darren Hannant said: "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.

"We're carrying out a number of intelligence-led searches in the Bristol area today and over the coming days, with some involving the specialist dive team, starting in parts of the city centre and moving to other areas through the week.''

Claire is 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. 

She 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.

"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."

The police are now seeing further information from the public, asking them to watch the CCTV clips and for information from people at the Seamus O'Donnell's pub on the night Claire was last seen.

Police will also be using an unprecedented method of messaging anyone who was friends with Claire on Facebook in 2012 seeking further information.

If you have information that could help the investigation, you can call the police on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219172645.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their website - they never ask for your name or trace your call.

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