50 YEAR OLD MAN ARRESTED - 23rd March 2015

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have today arrested a man aged in his 50s from the York area on suspicion of murder. Searches are being conducted which are expected to be ongoing over a number of days. No further details relating to the arrest will be provided at this stage of the investigation. The investigation team would like to stress that Claudia has not been found. Claudia's family have been notified about the arrest and are being supported by trained officers. Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, head of North Yorkshire Police's Major Crime Unit and the senior investigating officer in the Claudia Lawrence inquiry, said: "To ensure the investigation and legal process are not compromised or potentially damaged in any way during this critical phase in seeking the truth about Claudia's disappearance, North Yorkshire Police strongly advises the media and members of the public against identifying the man who has been arrested.

"This includes naming or publishing images of the man on traditional media platforms or social networking sites.  "I urge everyone to show restraint and patience while we carry out these very important enquiries."

(North Yorkshire Police)


18 March 2015 - Police release video of man they want to identify.
Please watch this video or visit the NYP web site fo more information - Click Here
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1st Dec 2014 - Missing Persons carol service at St Michael le Belfry... Please Click Here (The Press)
15th May 2014 - Bail for man in Claudia enquirey... Please Click Here (BBC NEWS)
13th May 2014 - A Man held for questioning... Please Click Here   (BBC NEWS)
20th March 2014 - BBC1 Breakfast the morning after Crimewatch - Please Click Here
There is a large amount of infomation on the NorthYorks Police Web Site - Please Click Here

“North Yorkshire Police Press Conference March 18th on Claudia 5th anniversary and ahead of Crimewatch, Wednesday March 19th BBC1 9pm”. 

Peter - “March 18th 2014 – the 5th anniversary of Claudia Lawrence’s disappearance”. 

Carol service in York for Missing People

'Missing People; is working together with family representative Peter Lawrence to host a carol service remembering those who are missing this Christmas, on Monday 10 December 2013 at St Chad on the Knavesmire Parish Church, York.



.Peter gave a Press Briefing outside the West Front of York Minster on Thursday October 10th
It marked 40,000 hours since Claudia last made contact with anybody in March 2009. As well as talking about life without Claudia and the hurt caused to family & friends by Rodney Ballard’s Claudia-obsessed behaviour, Peter also talked about his first meeting the previous day with the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, Dave Jones.
The Dean of York, the Very Reverend Vivienne Faull, who was unable to be present on this occasion, said, “Around 850 people are reported as missing every single day in this country, so this is an issue that affects people of all walks of life and background – and for those left behind, it can be a heart-breaking time of uncertainty and distress. As Peter Lawrence is a member of the Minster congregation, we see first-hand how this continues to affect Claudia Lawrence’s family, and we pray for Claudia, her family and, indeed, all those who wait for news of their absent loved ones.”
The Voice of Russia (UK), 
Martin Dales took part in a panel discussion on The Voice of Russia (UK), chaired by Brendan Cole. The subject was Missing People, and the other panellists were Lady Catherine Meyer, Chief Executive of Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT), Dr Raj Persaud, consultant psychiatrist, and best-selling author who has written about abduction and missing persons, and Leah Steele, solicitor at Lyons Davidsons solicitors, who deals with contentious estates and the estates of missing persons The Voice of Russia


A book on Claudia missing coming out soon
“Gone – the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence & her father’s desperate search for her”
Author: Neil Root (with help from family and friends)
Published: March 14th by Mainstream (Random House)
Available to pre-order.
Proportion of royalties going to Missing People

House of Commons Tuesday March 5th 2013
Presumption of Death Bill passes its final stage in Parliament and now awaits Royal Assent before becoming law.
Peter says, “
I welcome the speed with which this has gone through Parliament and it will now make the law consistent across all parts of the United Kingdom and help families wind up their missing relative’s Estate.
“I continue with promoting the need for legislation for Guardianship arrangements to exist for those missing to ensure their affairs are looked after until they return: it will help the thousands of families each year who find themselves in this predicament.


27th February 2013
“Today is the 39th birthday of York chef Claudia Lawrence who has been missing from York since March 2009.
“I cannot believe that we are yet again at another birthday for Claudia and there is still no news as to what has happened to her. All anniversaries are hard for the family and friends to cope with and it is unacceptable that there is still no closure – good or bad.
“Out there are some heartless persons who know something but they don’t have the guts to tell the police what they know. How low can people get – it’s outrageous and continues, after 4 years, to cause immense damage to Peter & the family.
“Vast amounts of police time, effort and over £750,000 of public money have gone into trying to find answers and, after this length of time, they, along with family and friends, deserve to have those answers.
“So I make a further appeal to those who know these answers.
“How can you sleep at night knowing you know the answer?
“ How can you live the lie with yourselves?
“ Have you no feelings for those who are suffering because of your misguided silence?
“Do what you know in your heart of hearts is right and end the misery of all those who love and care for Claudia even if you don’t.”
Martin Dales

House of Commons Friday 2nd November
Peter, was present in the House of Commons on Friday 2nd November for the 2nd Reading of the Presumption of Death Bill 2012 which received government support from the Justice Minister, Helen Grant MP.
Peter says, “I am very pleased that this has been accepted by Government as being an essential part of the necessary reforms to make life easier for families of missing loved ones. Along with many MPs and Peers, I believe additional Guardianship arrangements would also assist 1,000s more families with missing people each year and I hope that during the Committee stage, this might
be added as amending legislation.”



rom Martin Dales, Peter Lawrence’s friend and spokesman
3 ½ years – still no Claudia
Outside West Door of York Minster, YO1 7JN
Friday September 21st 2012 at 2 pm

YouTube Video of the Event Click Here

This is the 50th notice of a Press Briefing to be given by Peter Lawrence on the search for his daughter, York chef Claudia Lawrence, who went missing in March 2009.
On this occasion, he will be joined by Ben Houghton, the Treasurer of the charity Missing People, to whom Peter will be presenting a cheque for £825 from sponsorship by Blue Square Bet at York Races in 2011 and 2012.
As well as talking about the 3 ½ years since Claudia’s disappearance, Peter will also give details of the first Missing People Carol Service in Yorkshire to take place on Monday December 10th at St.Chad’s Church, opposite York Racecourse. It will be at 2.30 pm and will be taken by the Priest-in-Charge of St.Chad’s, Revd.Canon Simon Stanley with the choir of Headlands Primary School, York leading the singing,

Note: we are grateful to the Acting Dean & Chapter for allowing this Press Briefing to take place outside the West Door of York Minster. Due to building works, the West Door is the temporary entrance to the Minster for both worshippers and visitors. Please show consideration to them on arrival and we will find a suitable location there or in Dean’s Park for this Briefing to take place. Thank you.

Message from Peter Lawrence, Claudia's father.
It is now three years since Claudia went missing and it is three years too long without knowing where she is or what has happened to her. 
The family has spent a huge amount of time and effort in making media appearances and North Yorkshire Police have spent a huge amount of public money in the search for her.

Your help is needed at this time to bring some resolution so a new poster has been issued by North Yorkshire Police.
Click here for a printable poster
Please download and display anywhere you can.
Thank you for your continued support.


Claudia Elizabeth Lawrence, 35, has been missing from her home in York since March 18th 2009. The last confirmed sighting of her that day was at about 3 pm on Melrosegate, York as she made her way home from her shift as a chef at the University of York's Roger Kirk Centre at Goodricke College. Claudia is described as white, around 5ft 6in tall, slim with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and trainers.


Peter will be addressing an All Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults on the 16th june 2011. 
Third Session
Managing practical affairs: Guardianship
Thursday 16 June, 14:00 – 16:00
Committee Room 5, 
House of Commons

Please click HERE to find out the details

Podcast : 2nd Anniversary

Sunday February 27th
Claudia's 37th Birthday
Candlelit Vigil for the Missing, with the Archbishop of York and Dean of York
York Minster 2.45 pm. Meet St Helen's Square from 2 pm for informal procession to the Minster leaving 2.30 pm
Come & light your candle for Claudia and all those missing.

Tuesday March 1st
Houses of Parliament,  1.30 pm
Peter addressing the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults
(as a representative of families of missing people)

A Christmas and New Year message from Peter  on YouTube Click Her

Later news below


Archbishop of York’s Prayer 
Claudia & Madeleine McCann
Lord, please keep Claudia and Madeleine safe;
take away their fear and anxiety;
guard and protect them.
Hear our cry, Lord.




Click here for a high resolution image of Claudia and Peter 

The two pictured below are a rucksack and phone of the type owned by Claudia. If they can help you remember anything at all, please get in touch at any of the links below............


STV Coverage  Click Here

Peter Lawrence takes his hunt for Claudia to Scotland 7 months after she goes missing.  Click Here

YouTube  CLAUDIA LAWRENCE FILM Claudia , Where are You ? Click Here
The film has been produced on behalf of Peter Lawrence by Press Video News in York.

Grand Charity Night,  Saturday June 27th,  School House Inn, Low Marishes, Malton, In aid of Friends of Malton Hospital, Leukemia Research & Missing People.....   £2675 raised. Well done and thanks to everyone.

The Dunwells gig 'Reaching out to Claudia' at the Nags Head, Heworth, York on May 14th raised £153 for the national charity, Missing People. Suzy Cooper says "thank you".

BBC Crimewatch Reconstruction 2nd June 2009 Click Here

Crimestoppers home page – www.crimestoppers-uk.org 
North Yorkshire Police are now treating her disappearance as a potential murder and a £10,000 reward is being offered by Crimestoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Claudia's disappearance. Police have also issued fresh appeals for information to help find Claudia: they can be contacted on 0845 6060247  and Crimestoppers is on 0800 555111. You can also pass on information to Crimestoppers anonymously online, by filling out their anonymous online Giving Information Form  https://secure.crimestoppers-uk.org/ams.form.anonymous.asp

TV & Radio appearances.
Peter was on Channel Five News Thursday May 7th at 5pm and 7pm

STV Coverage  Click Here

Peter Lawrence takes his hunt for Claudia to Scotland 7 months after she goes missing.  Click Here

Phone Numbers.
If you have any information, please pass to police or one of the others listed below


North Yorkshire Police      101
Crimestoppers 0800 555111 
Missing People 0500 700700



Click here if you need a poster to print.


North Yorkshire Police – https://northyorkshire.police.uk/news/claudia-lawrence-investigation/
Missing People home page – www.missingpeople.org.uk
Archbishop of York’s Claudia Press Release & Easter Day Sermon – www.archbishopofyork.org
Facebook – www.facebook.com – go to Missing Person – Claudia Lawrence

TV &  Radio Links

BBC Crimewatch Reconstruction 2nd June 2009 Click Here
BBC News – http://news.bbc.co.uk/
BBC Look North Yorkshire & Lincolnshire – www.bbc.co.uk/looknorthyorkslincs
BBC Look North North East & Cumbria – www.bbc.co.uk/looknorthnecumbria
ITV News – www.itn.co.uk
Yorkshire Television – www.itv.com/yorkshire
Tyne Tees Television – www.itv.com/tynetees
Sky News – http://www.skynews.com/
BBC Radio York – www.bbc.co.uk/northyorkshire
Minster FM – www.minsterfm.com

Press Links
Yorkshire Post – www.yorkshirepost.co.uk
The Press – www.thepress.co.uk/claudialawrence/
The Press Video News – www.thepress.co.uk/news/audiovideo/video 
Scarborough Evening News – www.scarboroughtoday.co.uk
Gazette & Herald – www.gazetteherald.co.uk
The Mercury – www.maltontoday.co.uk

Other Links
Madeleine McCann - www.findmadeleine.com
Chefs World -  www.chefsworld.net

Download from The Press – www.thepress.co.uk
Click here for a large poster

All media and other enquiries for Peter Lawrence and Martin Dales (See below)
regarding Claudia Lawrence, Missing Person.

Friends & Supporters Links

Martin Dales
Mobile telephone – 07764 985009
: martin@findclaudia.co.uk