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Arrested man released by Claudia detectives

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have tonight released a 46-year-old local man who they had arrested earlier in the day on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. The man has been released on police bail pending further enquiries. A 59-year-old man arrested on 13 May 2014 on suspicion of murdering Claudia Lawrence remains on police bail while enquires continue.

Man arrested by Claudia detectives has been released on bail
Man arrested by Claudia detectives has been released on bail Credit: North Yorkshire Police

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NUM chief on failed Kellingley buyout

"We don't need to make millions but we need to make some money for a rainy day but this latest cost just cripples the plan. As it stands the pit will close in December 2015. "We have done our best. It's not worked out but we have done our best. If I had not done everything I could I would have questioned it for the rest of my life."

– Keith Hartshorne NUM
The miners' buyout of Kellingley Colliery has been scrapped
The miners' buyout of Kellingley Colliery has been scrapped Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Miners buyout of Kellingley Colliery collapses

A buyout of Kellingley Colliery by the miners has been scrapped.

The National Union of Mineworkers had been working on a deal which would have seen workers invest £2,000 each to keep the pit open until 2020.

But letters went out today from the NUM telling miners that the deal would not not raise enough money to secure the site's future.

The NUM says they were being asked to take on the £8 million debts of the doomed North Nottinghamshire Thoresby pit.

Today's news means Kellingley will close in December 2015. More details are expected to be released by the NUM and UK Coal tomorrow.

The miners buyout of Kellingley Colliery has been shelved
The miners buyout of Kellingley Colliery has collapsed Credit: ITV Yorkshire
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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.
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

Read: Police search York pub in Claudia Lawrence search

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
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
Police at the Acomb pub in York

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

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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
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.

Le seagull rescued after Tour de France prank

A seagull has been rescued after being discovered covered in yellow paint.

Seagull found painted yellow
Seagull found painted yellow

The Scarborough Sea Life Centre investigated reports from holidaymakers in the area.

It was first thought the bird had a rare plumage but after trapping the bird, aquarist Andy Jayes realised it had been covered in red paind.

Seagull found painted yellow
Seagull found painted yellow

RSPCA Inspector Geoff Edmunds, who collected what proved – underneath the paint-job – to be a herring gull, speculated it may have been the victim of a prank linked to the Tour de France.

We know there were sheep spray-painted with washable yellow paint to mark the visit of the Tour de France. It’s likely someone thought it was a clever idea to paint a seagull as well.

– Lia Bull, Scarborough Sea Life Centre

Though still able to fly short-distances, the gull would inevitably have died as a result of the damage to its plumage.

It is now recuperating at a specialist RSPCA wildlife centre in Cheshire.

Calendar's Tour expert to bow out at Sheffield Grand Prix

ITV Calendar's resident Tour de France expert and professional cyclist Dean Downing is to compete in his final race tonight.

The Sheffield Grand Prix will be the Rotherham-born rider's last event.

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