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Police release CCTV in hunt for missing Lichfield factory worker

CCTV of Sylwia Ciapcinska entering New Look in Burton

CCTV of Sylwia Ciapcinska entering New Look in Burton

Police have released CCTV footage of a missing 24-year-old woman who is believed to be dead.

The last confirmed sightings of Sylwia ‘Magda’ Ciapcinska were on July 20 when she was shopping in Burton town centre.

The CCTV footage shows Sylwia – who worked at Amethyst Logistics in Fradley Park – at New Look in the Coopers Square shopping complex shortly before 12.30pm.

Sylwia, a qualified teacher who had recently arrived in the UK from Poland, is seen entering the shop, where she bought a top before leaving. She was wearing a light-coloured long-sleeved top with dark horizontal stripes, blue skinny jeans and flowered pumps, and carried a light-coloured shoulder bag.

Officers investigating her disappearance have posted the store footage onto the force’s YouTube page in a bid to help trace her. They want to speak to shoppers or anyone else who saw her that day to help piece together her movements.

Police say she visited Primark, in Coopers Square, and the adjacent Octagon shopping centre shortly before she went to New Look. Afterwards, she may have walked home – possibly along Uxbridge Street – to the house where she was living in Ash Street.

Superintendent Ian Grant, from Trent Valley division, said:

“It’s now four weeks since Sylwia went missing and, for the sake of her family and the police inquiry, we need to trace her. We hope the YouTube footage of Sylwia will jog the memories of shoppers, workers or other town centre visitors.

“We need people to think hard about whether they saw Sylwia – either in the town centre or walking the ten to 15 minute journey home. We also want to establish if Sylwia was with anyone else that lunchtime.

“Our Major Investigation Department, assisted by neighbourhood officers, is carrying out a thorough inquiry into Sylwia’s disappearance. I would urge anyone with information to ring us on 0300 123 4455 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

Sylwia, who had recently graduated with a master’s degree in psychology and teacher training in her homeland, arrived in the UK on July 2 and planned to stay for around 12 months to earn money to help her to buy a home in Poland.

Detectives are also keen to locate a black suitcase belonging to Sylwia and her flowered pumps which are missing from her home. Officers are also asking for help to trace her Nokia 6103 flip-style mobile phone.

Tomasz Sobczak (29), of Ash Street, Burton, has been charged with murdering Sylwia and remanded in custody to appear at Stafford Crown Court on October 8.

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