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Claudia's Dad Welcomes Change in Missing People Law

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7:02pm 9th July 2014

The dad of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence has welcomed a change in the law, which will make it easier for families of missing people to take control of their affairs.

It comes after  Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, announced that the Presumption of Death Act will come into force on October 1st and views will be taken shortly on the role of guardianship, Peter Lawrence, the dad of missing York chef Claudia and a leading campaigner with the charity Missing People for this change in the law, said:

“I am very pleased that, after a long delay since  March 2013 when the Presumption of Death Act was passed in Parliament and received Royal Assent, it is finally going to come into force on October 1st and thus be able to be utilised by the many that are waiting to use its powers.

It is also good to hear that a consultation on Guardianship is to take place soon and it too needs to become law as soon as possible afterwards to enable the many thousands of families who would wish to use this within a short period after their loved one has gone missing and enable them to keep the person’s affairs in order in their absence.”

Claudia, a 35-year-old chef from York, was reported missing by her dad, Peter Lawrence, on Friday 20 March 2009.

She was last seen by her colleagues at the University of York on the afternoon of Wednesday 18 March 2009, when she finished her shift for the day.  

She spoke to her parents,dad Peter Lawrence and mum Joan Lawrence, by phone on the Wednesday night.

She has never been seen or heard from since.

North Yorkshire Police made a series of high-profile appeals for information to assist the investigation.

In April 2009, detectives announced that they were treating Claudia’s disappearance as suspected murder.

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