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Man Arrested on Suspicion of the Murder of Claudia Lawrence


Detectives investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have arrested a man in his fifties today on suspicion of murder.


The suspect, living in the York area, was arrested earlier today on suspicion of the murder of Claudia Lawrence. Lawrence worked as a chef at the Roger Kirk Centre in James College. She disappeared on the 18
th March 2009. Her whereabouts remain unknown.

Lawrence’s family have been notified of the arrest, however North Yorkshire Police urges members of the public not to reveal the identity of the suspect.

Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, who is head of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit as well as the senior investigating officer in the Claudia Lawrence inquiry, has asked the public to show restraint and patience whilst further investigations are carried out. He said,

“North Yorkshire Police strongly advises the media and members of the public against identifying the man who has been arrested. This includes naming or publishing images of the man on traditional media platforms or social networking sites.”

Anyone with information concerning the Claudia Lawrence case is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police, or alternatively contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.