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Claudia Lawrence police begin drilling at York pub

Police have begun drilling inside a pub in York, as part of an investigation into the disappearance of chef Claudia Lawrence.

The Acomb pub was the focus of intense activity today by North Yorkshire Police, who also confirmed they had arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Police search The Acomb pub in York. Credit: Dave Higgens/PA

It is understood the search of the pub is related to the arrest.

In the afternoon, a police crime scene officer left carrying drilling equipment in a case.

Today's activity took place about three miles from Miss Lawrence's small house in the Heworth area of York.

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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
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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.

Claudia Lawrence police arrested man, 46, in York area

A 46-year-old man was arrested this morning by police investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence.

The man, who was arrested in the York area, was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, North Yorkshire Police said.

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have this morning (23 July 2014) arrested a 46-year-old man from the York area on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

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

With this investigation very much active, and with the possibility that further arrests will be made, it is extremely important that the media and the public do not publish or broadcast anything on traditional media platforms or on social and digital sites, that could compromise the enquiry or the legal rights of those connected to the case and involved in these proceedings.

– North Yorkshire Police statement
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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

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.

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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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