Three men arrested in Claudia Lawrence investigation released on police bail

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Three men arrested on Wednesday, April 22, on suspicion of murdering Claudia Lawrence have 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 were released from custody on Thursday, 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.”