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North Yorkshire Police: Team not aware of any evidence linking Halliwell and the Lawrence case

Missing Claudia Lawrence Credit: Family photo

North Yorkshire Police say they are not aware of any evidence that might link the case of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence with the convicted killer Christopher Halliwell who was jailed last week.

Former detective superintendent Steve Fulcher, who brought Halliwell to justice, caught the 52-year-old following the abduction of Sian O'Callaghan from outside a nightclub in Swindon in 2011.

The taxi driver then went on to confess to murdering both Miss O'Callaghan and Becky Godden, and now Mr Fulcher believes Halliwell's links to the area Miss Lawrence vanished in should be investigated.

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“The investigation team is aware of this matter and they will carefully assess the information in line with the on-going review of the Claudia Lawrence case. However, to be clear, the team is not aware of any evidence that would link this individual to the disappearance and suspected murder of Claudia.”

– North Yorkshire Police

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.

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