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Claudia's father hopes arrest is 'vital piece in jigsaw'

The father of Claudia Lawrence hopes today's arrest of a 46-year-old man by police investigating her disappearance "is another vital piece in the jigsaw", his spokesman said.

Peter Lawrence, the father of missing Claudia Lawrence. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Peter remains very grateful for all the hard work that North Yorkshire Police are continuing to put in to finding Claudia.

It is to be hoped that this is another vital piece in the jigsaw of information that needs to come in to the police: it is much better if people volunteer information than wasting valuable police time in them having to find it out for themselves and then come looking for people.

– Martin Dales, spokesman for Peter Lawrence, Claudia’s father

Police search York pub in Claudia Lawrence search

Police investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have been searching a pub in York since early this morning.

Police at the Acomb pub in York

Several police vehicles containing dog handlers and specialist teams have been searching the Acomb which is around 3 miles from where Miss Lawrence lived.

Police at the Acomb pub in York

Miss Lawrence was last seen on 18 March 2009 after leaving work at the city's university.


Fresh arrest in Claudia Lawrence investigation

Police in York investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have arrested a man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Claudia Lawrence disappeared in March 2009

The 46-year-old man is currently being interviewed in custody while searches and forensic enquiries are conducted in relation to the investigation.

A 59-year-old man arrested in May remains on police bail as enquiries continue.

Searches completed at Claudia suspect homes

Calendar can reveal that police investigating the suspected murder of Claudia Lawrence have completed their searches of two houses connected to a former university technician who was arrested last week.

Police have stopped searching at the house in York

59-year-old Michael Snelling was arrested and questioned for more than a day on suspicion of murdering Claudia who disappeared in 2009. He was released on police bail.

North Yorkshire officers have been searching his home in the Burnholme area of York and another house in North Shields since he was arrested. Now the cordon has been lifted around both properties.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said enquiries have been completed at both addresses.

The doors at Mr Snelling's home remain boarded up.

Police cordon off murder suspect's home in Claudia Lawrence case

Detectives at home of Michael Snelling Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Police have cordoned off the semi-detached home of 59-year-old Michael Snelling, the man they arrested last week on suspicion of the murder of York University chef Claudia Lawrence.

Mr Snelling was released on police bail after a day of questioning by detectives investigating the disappearance and suspected murder of Miss Lawrence in March 2009. Last week forensic specialists searched Mr Snelling's home and garden in York and also another property in North Shields.

Mr Snelling's home is now cordoned off with police tape and a police incident support van is parked on his drive.


Claudia Lawrence: forensic search will continue for a number of days

Forensic teams continue to search at a property in York

Forensic searches at properties in York and North Shields are expected to continue for a number of days, as police investigate the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence.

The chef, who worked at York University, went missing in 2009 on her way to work.

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