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Claudia Lawrence death probe suspect released on bail

By Neil Lancefield

A man arrested on suspicion of murdering missing chef Claudia Lawrence has been released on bail.

North Yorkshire Police arrested the suspect yesterday in connection with Miss Lawrence's disappearance in 2009.

A force spokesman said the man, who is aged in his 50s and from the York area, was released on bail "in order to allow detectives time to follow up lines of inquiry".

Searches at a linked property were completed last night, police said. Yesterday, officers could be seen searching a semi-detached house in a quiet cul-de-sac in York.

Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn repeated his plea for people not to identify the suspect.

He said: "I am very grateful to the media and the public for supporting my request that this individual should under no circumstances be identified, either in traditional media or on social media platforms.

"That is because identification is an issue and publishing this man's identity could cause serious harm to my investigation.

"This continues to be the case, even though the man has been released on bail, and I must ask that the media and public continue to support me and make no attempt to identify him, his place of work or his home address."

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