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Neighbours speak of their shock

People living near Mr Snelling's run-down semi in Burnholme Grove, York, said they were shocked about the police activity in their street. Neighbours said he had lived in the house for more than 20 years. Terry Ellis, who has lived in Burnholme Grove since 1961, said:

"The first thing I saw this morning was when the police investigation car came up. I thought that maybe someone had broken in, because he's had someone break in before."

His neighbour, student Adam Wadsworth, 19, said: "I'm pretty shocked." Another neighbour, Rita Harrison, said the area was "lovely" and "very quiet". Everyone's shocked," she said. "But they need to get to the bottom of it."

Neighbour saw Claudia suspect 'grow up'

An elderly neighbour in North Shields has been telling reporters about Michael Snelling. Ronald Robinson is 81 and has lived in Hollywell Road for 40 years.

His job was down there (in York) but he lives up here. He would come home every Friday for the football match. He would come back every weekend to take his mother to get the shopping in. She's in a home now for dementia but he made sure he kept her at home as long as he could. I've seen him grow up as I've lived here for 40 years.

– Neighbour Ronald Robinson



News of arrest 'hasn't sunk in' for Claudia's mother

The mother of Claudia Lawrence says the news of an arrest today in connection with her daughter's disappearance has not sunk in.

Earlier today, a man named locally as Michael Snelling, was arrested by police on suspicion of murder.

Joan Lawrence was Mayor of Malton until this week and on Sunday gave a speech relinquishing her position in the town.

Mrs Lawrence told Christine Talbot that she and her other daughter Ali still struggle with occasions where they feel Claudia's absence most:

Friend 'never doubted' in search for Claudia

A close friend of Claudia Lawrence says she always believed there would be progress in the case.

"I have always put my faith in the police," Suzy Cooper said. "I never really doubted that."

The 49-year-old, who lives in York and works in accounting, said it had been impossible for her to move on in her life after her friend's disappearance.

Over the last five years there have not been major things happening in Claudia's case. For five years that has been really frustrating. It feels more tangible now there is an arrest. I have been trying to focus on my own life but Claudia has always been in my thoughts. I have been told by zillions of people 'you have to get on with your life', but I haven't done it very well. I haven't been able to let go. I cannot put it to bed, I cannot say 'that's happened, move on' because it's still happening.

– Suzy Cooper, friend of Claudia Lawrence
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