Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Police Arrest Boyfriend of Missing Woman and Seize Car; Fears for Grandmother Who Disappeared Last Week

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Police Arrest Boyfriend of Missing Woman and Seize Car; Fears for Grandmother Who Disappeared Last Week

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Byline: KATE DAVIES

DETECTIVES probing the disappearance of grandmother Pamela Jackson have arrested her partner on suspicion of her murder.

The 55-year-old was reported missing on Thursday evening by her youngest son Joe, 21.

More than 40 officers from Durham Police are continuing to search for Pamela.

But the investigation took a grim twist when her 50-year-old partner, from Halifax, in West Yorkshire, was arrested on suspicion of her murder.

Officers arrested the man in Chester-le-Street, on Friday, and he is currently in custody in a police station in Durham.

Police have seized his car - a silver Kia saloon - and an incident room has now been set up at Durham Police's headquarters.

Yesterday, forensic officers were seen going in and out of Pamela's semi-detached house in The Crescent, Chester-le-Street, where it is believed she has lived for the past 12 years, while two police vans and a police car were parked outside.

Det Supt Ken Donnelly said: "Our main focus is on finding Pamela, and we have a number of actions to follow up in our continuing search for her.

"However, the inquiries we have carried out so far give us genuine reason to suspect she may have come to harm, and for that reason we have made an arrest and we have a man in custody, helping us with our inquiries."

It is believed the pair had been together for around a year after meeting on the internet, but they didn't live together.

Today, neighbours living near to Pamela in the quiet cul-de-sac told of their shock.

Mum-of-one Marielle Craggs, 31, who has lived in the street for five years, described her as someone who kept herself to herself.

She said: "She was a really quiet person who spent quite a bit of time with her son. I've only had a couple of conversations with her.

"You see her older son going in with a baby about once or twice a week. …

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