Possibility of further arrests in Claudia Lawrence case

North Yorkshire Police said there is a "possibility of further arrests" in the case of missing chef Claudia Lawrence. Michael Snelling was released on conditional bail following his arrest in the case.

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Possibility of further arrests in Claudia Lawrence case

North Yorkshire Police said there is a "possibility of further arrests" in the case of missing chef Claudia Lawrence.

Chef Claudia Lawrence disappeared in 2009. Credit: North Yorkshire Police/PA Archive

"As investigations continue with the possibility of further arrests to be made, all sections of the community and the media are reminded and encouraged to respect the rights of others, including those connected to the case," the force said in a statement.

"To date, nobody has been charged with any criminal act emanating from this case," police stressed.

Forensic searches set to continue for 'number of days'

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

"Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to local residents and the public affected by this work," North Yorkshire Police said.

Forensics officers have been searching properties in North Shields and York. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The comments came as 59-year-old Michael Snelling was released on conditional bail following his arrest on suspicion of murdering Ms Lawrence.

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'Car seized' as man is held on suspicion of chef murder

Two houses 100 miles apart have been searched by police after a man was arrested on suspicion of murdering missing university chef Claudia Lawrence.

Neighbours said his car was seized also as police officers began a search of the semi-detached property.

Police stand outside a house in Burnholme Grove, York. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

The 59-year-old man, named locally as Michael Snelling, was arrested yesterday morning at a house in North Shields, Tyneside, on suspicion of murdering Miss Lawrence, who went missing in York in March 2009.

Lawrence family urge public to 'keep coming forward'

The spokesman for Claudia Lawrence's family said there was "still a long way to go" in finding out what happened to the chef.

Martin Dales said in a statement:

Today has been an exacting day for Peter, his family and Claudia’s friends as the news comes of the first arrest in the five years since she went missing.

It is clear that the renewed efforts of North Yorkshire Police since last autumn and the new information provided by the public could well be bearing fruit but we shall have to wait and see.

It is vital that information continues to flow and it is to be hoped that the events of today encourage the public to keep coming forward to the police.

Anyone with information should call 101 and select North Yorkshire police if not in their area.

Police continue to question Claudia Lawrence suspect

More than five years after Claudia Lawrence disappeared, a man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering her.

Police are continuing to question a 59 year old man. They also seized a car and are searching a house close to where Claudia Lawrence lived.

Her mother has spoken to ITV News of her shock that an arrest has finally been made.

From York, ITV News Correspondent Damon Green reports

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