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Claudia: 'People have not come forward' to help

The man leading the investigation into the disappearance of York chef Claudia Lawrence, almost seven years ago, says it has been compromised by people refusing to help the police.

Claudia disappeared in 2009. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Detectives believe Claudia was murdered.

Last night it was revealed the Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to bring charges against four men arrested last year.

Police say they won't give up on finding answers.

Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn:


Peter Lawrence renews appeal to help find Claudia

Peter Lawrence, the father of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence, has renewed his appeal to help find his daughter a day after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirmed there would be no charges against four men being investigated over her suspected murder.

Peter Lawrence visited Parliament earlier this month. Credit: Press Association

n a statement Mr Lawrence said he is disappointed with the outcome but reiterated that not knowing where Claudia is the hardest thing for the family to bear.

"I am disappointed that after such a long and expensive police investigation into Claudia’s disappearance and possible murder no-one is to be prosecuted. However, prosecution and even conviction would not bring Claudia back to us and may well not have resulted in revealing where she is buried, if she was murdered.

Someone knows what happened on that day 7 years ago and they should now come forward to tell us where our darling daughter, and Ali’s loving sister, is. I have always said that the not knowing is the hardest thing for the family to bear."

– Peter Lawrence

CPS sent evidence on four suspects in Claudia Lawrence case

A file of evidence is to be submitted by North Yorkshire Police to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in relation to four men arrested on suspicion of the murder of missing chef Claudia Lawrence.

The four men, who are from the York area and are in their 50s, were arrested earlier this year, one on the 23rd of March and the other three on the 22nd of April.

While the CPS considers the case, the four have been released from bail.

The process of preparing the file will take some time, as will the assessment by the CPS of the case.


Claudia Lawrence murder suspects re-bailed

Claudia disappeared in 2009.

Four men arrested on suspicion of murdering Claudia Lawrence in York have been re-bailed while enquiries continue.

All are aged in their 50s and from the York area.

One was arrested on March 23rd 2015, and three were arrested on May 22nd 2015.

Claudia Lawrence was last seen on 18 March 2009.

She was 35 years old when she disappeared and working as a chef at the University of York.

Police are treating her disappearance as a murder investigation.

Her body has not been found.

Men arrested over Claudia murder released on bail

Three men arrested on suspicion of murdering Claudia Lawrence have been released on bail.

The men, who are aged in their 50s and from the York area, were held in custody while being interviewed by detectives from the Major Crime Unit.

Although they have been released from custody, the case remains active and enquiries are ongoing.

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Identifying arrested men could damage investigation say police

Police investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence say that identifying three men arrested today could damage the investigation.

As with the previous arrest last month, I strongly advise the media and members of the public against identifying the men who have been arrested. This is to ensure the investigation and legal process are not compromised or potentially damaged in any way. This includes naming or publishing images of the men, their home addresses, places of work, their vehicles and properties being searched on traditional media platforms or social networking sites. I urge everyone to again show restraint and patience while we carry out these very important enquiries. Your co-operation and support is greatly appreciated by the investigation team.

– Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn
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