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York Man Arrested on Suspicion of Claudia Lawrence Murder


11:05am 13th May 2014
(Updated 12:44pm 13th May 2014)

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have this morning arrested a 59-year-old man from York on suspicion of murder.

Forensic examinations and searches are being conducted which are expected to be ongoing over a number of days. A car has also been seized as part of the enquiries.

The investigation team would like to stress that Claudia has not been found.

Police cannot rule out the possibility of further arrests in the future as the review continues.

Claudia’s family have been notified and are being supported by trained officers.

North Yorkshire Police Commissioner Julia Mulligan has issued a statement saying:

“I am sure people will understand that it would be inappropriate for me to comment on an ongoing investigation as operational policing is the responsibility of the Chief Constable."

“More generally, however, I am satisfied to see the investment made in the new Major Crime Unit is able to provide dedicated resources for North Yorkshire Police to concentrate solely on investigation of serious crime, including unresolved cases such as the disappearance of Claudia.”

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and pass details to the Force Control Room. Please quote “Claudia Lawrence” when passing on details.

Information can also be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111,quoting “Claudia Lawrence, North Yorkshire Police”.  Alternatively, go to and fill in an Anonymous Online Form.

For further information on the Claudia Lawrence investigation, please go to the dedicated microsite on the North Yorkshire Police website

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