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Police defend Claudia Lawrence hunt

North Yorkshire police have defended their investigation into the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence, after her mother accused them of missing chances to find her.

Police defend Claudia Lawrence disappearance investigation

Claudia Lawrence has been missing since 2009. Credit: Lawrence family

The police force in charge of solving the mystery of Claudia Lawrence's disappearance have defended their handling of the case after her mother said they'd missed "chance after chance" to find her.

The chef has been missing for nearly four years, after failing to turn up for work at York University.

Joan Lawrence says detectives have become fixated on her daughter's love life, which they have described as 'complex'.

She told the Sunday Express: "Police have got this wrong from day one. “It’s as if they are looking for a Claudia I didn’t know; a girl I would not recognise as my own daughter.

“They have never asked me about Claudia, they have never asked if I knew what was going on in her life,” she added. “They have listened to a few people and decided they know enough but what harm would it do to check names, dates and places with me? What if they’ve missed something?”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police issued a statement following her interview, saying that Mrs Lawrence has been “frequently and consistently consulted and updated throughout the investigation.

“Every question she has raised has been fully addressed and she has received comprehensive support."

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