Southburn murder update

East Riding: Body of man found dead is confirmed as that of Anthony Lawrence

15 Jan 2018

​We can now confirm that the body of a man found in a vehicle (a camper van) in North Yorkshire yesterday evening is that of Anthony Lawrence, the man suspected of the murder of one man and the attempted murder of a woman in Southburn on Friday evening.

Anthony Lawrence’s body was found in a vehicle which was parked in a layby close to Hackness in the North York Moors, near to Scarborough.  A post mortem has yet to be conducted however early indications are that his death is not suspicious. 

DCI Stewart Miller said, “Our enquiries into this tragic murder investigation continue.  The incidents over the weekend have led to the death of Shane Gilmer and attempted murder of Shane’s partner Laura Sugden who is pregnant.

“We will now look to establish the full details of the incident and continue to gather witness statements and evidence as part of this ongoing investigation.

“I want  to thank members of the public who have helped enormously over the weekend while we conducted searches for the suspect.  I want to particularly praise the residents of the Southburn and Driffield area who have been extremely stoic under the circumstances.

“Shane’s family continues to be supported by our specially trained officers and we would ask for consideration as they come to terms with their tragic loss.”


Note to Editors: We will not be conducting press interviews today but want to thank you for your interest and assistance over the weekend.