Three arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 19-year-old who vanished over 30 years ago

Three people, including two pensioners, have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a Sikh woman who disappeared more than 30 years ago in Rugby.

Harbans Kaur Lally, originally from Rugby in Warwickshire, was only 19-year-old when she vanished in 1985, soon after giving birth to her daughter.

Earlier this week, over 30 years after Ms Lally vanished, murder squad detectives from West Yorkshire Police arrested a man, 75, and a woman, 74, on suspicion of her murder at a property in Gravesend, Kent.

A 53-year-old man was also arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of perjury.

He has been released under investigation and the man and woman have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Ms Lally married in Rugby before moving to Leeds but returned back to Rugby shortly before she vanished.

Det Chief Insp Nicola Bryar, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “We have recently received information that raises concerns about Harbans’s apparent disappearance, which we are now treating as a murder investigation.

“We are trying to build up a picture of her life at the time she disappeared and we are very keen to hear from anyone with any information that could assist us.

“We would like to speak to anyone who knew Harbans, who was also known as Susan, when she lived and worked in Leeds in 1984 to 1985, and also anyone who knew her when she was growing up in Rugby, either through school or in the area she lived.

“We are particularly interested to speak to anyone who knew her when she returned there in 1985.

“We would like to reassure people that we will treat all information in the strictest confidence and would urge anyone who does know something that could assist the investigation to contact us.”

Anyone with information should call West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101 quoting Operation Parryton or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.