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House search ends in Claudia Lawrence investigation

Claudia Lawrence disappeared six years ago. Credit: ITV News

Police questioning a man on suspicion of murdering missing chef Claudia Lawrence say they have finished searching a property linked to his arrest.

North Yorkshire Police arrested the suspect yesterday in connection with Miss Lawrence's disappearance in 2009.

He remains in custody this morning.

A spokesman said searches at a linked property were completed last night.

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Police search semi-detached house in Claudia hunt

Police investigating the disappearance of York chef Claudia Lawrence could be seen searching a semi-detached house in a quiet cul-de-sac in the city on Monday afternoon, following the arrest of an unnamed man on suspicion of murder.

Claudia Lawrence

Two police community support officers and police vans were stationed at the entrance to the road, which contains 10 houses, as the unnamed man, who is in his 50s, remains in custody after being arrested on Monday afternoon.

Officers entered and left the house throughout the afternoon and spent some time searching in the detached garage.

No-one else appeared to be at the property and the curtains were drawn in the bay windows to the front of the building.

Neighbours said they believed a man lived in the house with his wife.

One woman, who did not want to be identified, said: "They're a nice couple. I was really surprised, really shocked to see the police searching the house. "This is a nice road, we all look out for each other."

A police spokesman said searches are being carried out in relation to the York University chef's disappearance and are expected to continue for a number of days.

Claudia arrest comes week after new CCTV footage

The arrest in the Claudia Lawrence investigation comes a week after police released new CCTV footage of two people walking near the missing chef's home on the night of her disappearance.

This CCTV image was recorded at 7.15pm at Heworth Place, York. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The footage, filmed at 7.15pm on Wednesday 18 March 2009, showed an area near an alleyway at the rear of Miss Lawrence's terraced house in York.

Police want to speak to two people seen near the alleyway behind her house. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police did not confirm whether a man in his 50s, arrested this morning on suspicion of murder, was one of the two people in the CCTV footage.

A force spokesman said investigations are ongoing following today's arrest.

North Yorkshire Police are urging anyone with information on the individuals featured in the CCTV to get in contact with them by calling them on 101, selecting option one, and passing the details on to the Force Control Room, or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or online.

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Claudia's father: Ongoing police efforts 'encouraging'

Peter Lawrence Credit: PA Wire

The father of Claudia Lawrence has said it is encouraging that police are continuing to seek answers as to what happened to his daughter.

Peter Lawrence said: “It is encouraging to know that following all the media activity over the last three weeks from Claudia’s 41st birthday to the 6th anniversary of her being missing, North Yorkshire Police continue to be active in seeking answers as to what has happened to Claudia.

"It is to be hoped that the matter can be resolved as soon as possible and I encourage people to continue to come forward with information to the police by phoning them on 101.”

It comes after North Yorkshire Police arrested a man in his 50s in York this morning on suspicion of her murder.

Miss Lawrence was 35 when she disappeared six years ago in York on March 18, 2009. Her body has not been found.

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Police ask public not to name suspect in Claudia arrest

Claudia Lawrence was a chef at the University of York when she disappeared in 2009

North Yorkshire Police detectives are asking the media and members of the public not to name a man who has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Claudia Lawrence.

A man in his 50s, from the York area, has been arrested this morning. Police stressed that Claudia's body has not been found.

“To ensure the investigation and legal process are not compromised or potentially damaged in any way during this critical phase in seeking the truth about Claudia’s disappearance, North Yorkshire Police strongly advises the media and members of the public against identifying the man who has been arrested.

“This includes naming or publishing images of the man on traditional media platforms or social networking sites.

“I urge everyone to show restraint and patience while we carry out these very important enquiries.”

– Detective Supt Dai Malyn, North Yorkshire Police

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Claudia Lawrence: Police arrest man on suspicion of murder

Police investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have arrested a man on suspicion of murder.

Claudia Lawrence disappeared six years ago. Credit: ITV News

A man in his 50s, from York, was arrested this morning, North Yorkshire Police said.

Miss Lawrence was 35 when she disappeared six years ago in York on March 18, 2009.

Police said the York University chef's body has not been found.

A police spokesman said searches are being carried out in relation to the investigation, and are expected to carry on for a number of days.

Miss Lawrence's family have been informed of the development, police added.

Abattoir employee sacked after abuse caught on camera

WARNING: This video contains graphic scenes that some viewers may find distressing.

An abattoir employee has been sacked and three others suspended after an animal rights charity filmed secret footage of sheep being mistreated.

The footage, filmed by Animal Aid, appears to show employees at Bowood Lamb abattoir in Thirsk, North Yorkshire punching, kicking and hacking at the necks of sheep with a blade.

A statement from the halal slaughterhouse said today that animal welfare is its "highest priority" and described the footage as "highly regrettable".

Our correspondent Damon Green reports:

Halal slaughterhouse footage 'highly regrettable'

WARNING: This video contains graphic scenes that some viewers may find distressing.

The halal slaughterhouse where workers were secretly filmed appearing to mistreat animals has said animal welfare is its "highest priority" and described the footage released today as "highly regrettable".

Bowood Lamb abattoir in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, has sacked one worker and suspended three more after Animal Aid released images and video it captured on hidden cameras in December.

In a statement it referred to "one slaughterman" who "fell below standards" and said that it is awaiting the results of any investigation into its three suspended employees.

Bowood Lamb makes animal welfare its highest priority.

We set very high standards for the way in which animals that pass through our premises are treated and we enforce those standards rigorously.

Everyone working for us knows and understands the standards we require. It is highly regrettable that one of our slaughtermen fell below those standards.As soon as we were aware of this failing we dismissed this staff member for gross misconduct.

This was consistent with the approach we would always take in a situation of this type.

– Bowood Lamb
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