Police confirmed this evening that they have identified a body discovered yesterday in Hamsterley Woods, County Durham. It is that of Janice Moore, a 22-year-old hairdresser from Fenham, in the west end of Newcastle. Miss Moore has not been seen since Thursday when she was reported missing after a night out with friends in the Bigg Market area of the city. Police say they are treating the case as murder. They have appealed to anyone who has any information to step forward.
You moved. No, I saw you. You definitely did. You’re dead.
Ah tellt yes what would happen if yes didn’t shurrup, didn’t ah?
They use it all the time, apparently. The children are much better behaved now.
I just thought it was a dummy. Like out of the windows at Fenwick’s? I didn’t know it was a person. Have I done something wrong?
According to a statement issued by Chief Inspector David Graham of Durham Constabulary, Miss Moore’s body was found at around two thirty yesterday afternoon.
Are you still moving? Be careful. When will I turn round?
You’re a bonny lass but your mouth is too big. Ye just never know when to stop yer yakkin on de ye?
She folds it up and pops it into her shopping bag. She told me she used it on one of them in the toilets at Haymarket Bus station the other day. Just pulled it out and got on with it. Right there and then.
It was Muff who found it really, That’s our dog. I don’t know where the name came from. Mum chose it. It looked like a woman. It didn’t have any clothes on.
According to police, Miss Moore was the victim of a frenzied and motiveless attack. They are not ruling out a sexual motive.
Aha. Got you. You’re out. Now there’s only one left.
Let’s get these clothes off ye. That’s better. Yes should make more of an effort.
They read an article about it in The Sunday Times. They bought it from a catalogue. Mail order.
You choose your own and then they cut it down for you. Muff jumped over the wall and it was just lying there.
Miss Moore lived at home with her divorced mother in a flat in Newcastle’s west end. Her mother described her as a good girl who never gave anyone any trouble. She did not have a boyfriend.
That’s better. Are you getting closer?
Aye, you looked a bit rough when I first saw you. Tarty like. But you could be really pretty if you tried.
Well, they use them in a lot of schools. So why not at home?
I don’t know. It was getting dark and I didn’t look for very long. It was just white really.
Miss Moore had been on a Christmas night out at Balmbra’s bar in the Bigg Market with a group of friends from the salon where she worked.
Come on, you’re not really trying, are you?
All I wanted was a bit of a kiss and a cuddle. Ye might even have enjoyed it if ye’d tried.
I sometimes think I’d do anything to stop my two fighting.
It was a Sunday. We’d just had our lunch.
According to one of her friends, at around 10.15pm, Janice said she had a headache and that she wanted to go home.
I can hear you moving.
Nah, there’s a crash that way. Police everywhere. Wes’ll get there quicker like this.
Why do you think that’s strange?
My dad said we should go and get the Christmas tree before it got too dark.
She said she didn’t want to spoil their night and set off on her own.
If I see you move, you’re dead.
Are you looking for a taxi pet? Where to? Fenham? Aye, hop in.
Our neighbours have bought a cane.
We always go to Chopwell Woods.
Copyright Simon Robinson 2012