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Men arrested on suspicion of murder released on bail as enquiries continue

Three men arrested on Wednesday 22 April 2015 on suspicion of murdering Claudia Lawrence have today (Thursday, 23 April) been released on police bail in order to allow detectives time to follow up lines of enquiry.

The men, who are aged in their 50s and from the York area, were held in custody while being interviewed by detectives from the Major Crime Unit.

Although they have been released from custody, proceedings in this case – as they relate to them – remain active.

The arrests follow the arrest of a local man aged in his 50s on 23 March 2015. He remains on police bail while enquiries continue.

Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, head of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit and the senior investigating officer in the Claudia Lawrence case, said: “I am once again very grateful to the media and the public for supporting my request that these individuals should under no circumstances be identified, either in traditional media or on social media platforms. That is because identification is an issue, and publishing the men’s identities could cause serious harm to my investigation. This continues to be the case, even though the men have been released on bail, and I once more ask that the media and public continue to support me and make no attempt to identify the men, their home addresses, places of work or their vehicles.”

Identity is a key issue – please do not identify the arrested men

Claudia’s family have been informed about today’s developments and are being supported.

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.

Alternatively, if you have any information about the Claudia Lawrence case you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.