In the investigation of the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence, three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder today.
They are all in their 50s and from the York area.
Searches are being conducted which are expected to be ongoing over a number of days.
No further details relating to the arrests has been provided at this stage of the investigation.
This development follows the arrest of a local man in his 50s on March 23. He remains on police bail while enquiries continue.
The investigation team has stressed that Claudia has not been found.
Claudia’s family have been notified about the arrests and are being supported by trained officers.
Det Supt Dai Malyn, head of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit and the senior investigating officer in the Claudia Lawrence inquiry, said: “As with the previous arrest last month, I strongly advise the media and members of the public against identifying the men who have been arrested.
“This is to ensure the investigation and legal process are not compromised or potentially damaged in any way. This includes naming or publishing images of the men, their home addresses, places of work, their vehicles and properties being searched on traditional media platforms or social networking sites.
“I urge everyone to again show restraint and patience while we carry out these very important enquiries. Your co-operation and support is greatly appreciated by the investigation team.”
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option one, 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.