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Forensic tent at search house

Police have erected a forensic tent at the house of a man arrested by police investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence.

Forensic tent in the garden of a house on Burnholme Grove

The man, named locally as Michael Snelling, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder.

Officers have been searching a house on Burnholme Grove in York since yesterday and have now put up a forensic tent in the garden.

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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

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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:

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