The Body Of A Missing Man Is Being Searched For In Ancoats Pub

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Police have started to search the former Bank of England pub in Ancoats after the case of Martin Joyce - who went missing 17 years ago - became a homicide inquiry.

The force has now revealed that it was passed intelligence back in 2013 that Mr Joyce’s body might be buried at the pub -and the tip was given to a specific officer, so it's alleged.

But the family of Mr Joyce - who went missing back in 1999 after dropping his sister and brother off at a relative’s house - hold out hope for his survival, believing Martin could still be lurking somewhere in Greater Manchester.

But police now believe Martin may not be alive and are carrying out searches in the city, the Bank of England being the first - and allegedly major - port of call.

Martin had attempted suicide back in 1998 and was hospitalised - he then served time in prison for traffic offences.

But Mary Joyce (Martin's sister) says she thought his depression had been improving just before he disappeared.

“If anyone out there knows anything about this then please let us know or the police. We just want him back.”

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