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Police pub search finished

It is being reported that the search at a pub in York by detectives investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence has finished.

The Acomb Pub in York
The Acomb Pub in York

A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and later released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Claudia Lawrence was last seen in March 2009.

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Claudia Lawrence investigation: police outside pub in York

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Police in York at the scene. Credit: ITV News
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Police outside the pub. Credit: ITV News
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Police are carrying out their investigations at The Acomb pub in York. Credit: ITV News

Officers working on the Claudia Lawrence case are carrying out their investigations at The Acomb pub in York.

This comes after detectives arrested a local man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice earlier today (Wednesday 23rd July).

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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.
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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Man arrested in Claudia Lawrence case

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Missing: Claudia Lawrence has not been seen since 18 March 2009. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have this morning (Wednesday 23rd July) arrested a man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

The 46-year-old man, from the York area, is currently being interviewed in custody. Meanwhile, searches and forensic enquiries are taking place.

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.

Members of the public with information about the case can contact North Yorkshire Police by calling 101.

A £10,000 Crimestoppers reward is still available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Claudia Lawrence's disappearance.

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Sunderland fans raise more than £20,000

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The total raised by Sunderland fans has risen to more than £24,000.

The founder of the page set it up in order to raise £200 for a floral tribute from Sunderland fans but the figure has risen to a five-figure sum over the last few days.

John Alder and Liam Sweeney were going to watch their team play in a pre-season tour of New Zealand. They were on board the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine.

"We may be Sunderland fans, who traditionally have deep rivalry with Newcastle, but there are things far more important than any football games."

– Sunderland fans' Go Fund Me page

North East devolution: back on the agenda?

On the 18th September, people north of the border will decide if Scotland will become an an independent country, or remain part of the UK.

Ten years ago, the North East was preparing to vote in its own referendum, on whether we should establish our own form of regional government.

In the end, the people of our region gave a resounding 'no' to plans for an elected North East assembly.

A decade on, Helen Ford investigates whether there is any appetite for devolution now? Watch her report here:

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