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My daughter is alive: Chef's mother

The mother of missing chef Claudia Lawrence has said her instincts tell her that her daughter is still alive.

Joan Lawrence was speaking on the eve of the second anniversary of the last sighting of Miss Lawrence near her home in York.

She told Lorraine Kelly on ITV's Daybreak: "My instinct tells me that she's still alive."

Mrs Lawrence explained how she has been in touch with another mother whose daughter was murdered who told her she knew straight away what had happened.

She said: "I can't feel any other instinct than that she's alive. I feel that as a mum I would feel that I would know something."

Her daughter was last seen on March 18, 2009 when she was captured on CCTV near her home in Heworth, York. She never turned up for work the next morning at a kitchen at York University.

North Yorkshire Police launched a huge inquiry which has subsequently been scaled back.

Detectives have said repeatedly they believe Miss Lawrence has been murdered, and they believe the key to the inquiry is Claudia relationships with a number of men - relationships police have described as having an "element of complexity and mystery to them".

But on Wednesday her mother said she believed there had been an "awful lot of mistakes" in the inquiry, pointing particularly to "all this talk of old boyfriends".

Mrs Lawrence said: "It's not the Claudia I know."

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