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BREAKING: Arrest In Claudia Lawrence Case

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Published at 2:01pm 23rd March 2015. (Updated at 2:13pm 23rd March 2015)

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have arrested a man on suspicion of murder.

A man in his 50s from the York area was picked up on Monday.

The chef disappeared six years ago after she failed to turn up for work at the university.

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have today arrested a man aged in his 50s from the York area on suspicion of murder.

Searches are being conducted which are expected to be ongoing over a number of days.

No further details relating to the arrest will be provided at this stage of the investigation.

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

Claudia's family have been notified about the arrest and are being supported by trained officers.

Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, head of North Yorkshire Police's Major Crime Unit and the senior investigating officer in the Claudia Lawrence inquiry, said: "To ensure the investigation and legal process are not compromised or potentially damaged in any way during this critical phase in seeking the truth about Claudia's disappearance, 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.

"I urge everyone to show restraint and patience while we carry out these very important enquiries."

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