Claudia Lawrence: Suspect released on conditional bail

A 59-year-old man has been released on bail following his arrest in the Claudia Lawrence investigation. Forensic teams are still searching properties in York and North Shields.

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Police cordon off murder suspect's home in Claudia Lawrence case

Detectives at home of Michael Snelling Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Police have cordoned off the semi-detached home of 59-year-old Michael Snelling, the man they arrested last week on suspicion of the murder of York University chef Claudia Lawrence.

Mr Snelling was released on police bail after a day of questioning by detectives investigating the disappearance and suspected murder of Miss Lawrence in March 2009. Last week forensic specialists searched Mr Snelling's home and garden in York and also another property in North Shields.

Mr Snelling's home is now cordoned off with police tape and a police incident support van is parked on his drive.

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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.

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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.

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