Relatives call for fresh impetus in suspected murder investigation

The Northern Echo: Claudia Lawrence Claudia Lawrence

RELATIVES of Claudia Lawrence have called on North Yorkshire’s new police chiefs to capitalise on fresh impetus in the investigation.

Peter Lawrence, the father of Claudia Lawrence, who disappeared in March 2009 has said he hoped the relaunch of an enhanced major crime unit and a new chief constable would breathe new life into the investigation.

Ms Lawrence, then aged 35, disappeared while on her way to work at York University, where she was a chef. No trace of her has ever been found and the case is being treated as suspected murder.

It is one of a number of high profile cases that North Yorkshire Police’s enhanced major crime unit will reassess when it is up and running in October.

Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan and Chief Constable Dave Jones both recently announced they were investing £300,000 in the unit, which will focus on violent and sexual crimes.

Other cases to be looked at include the case of Marsha Wray, who disappeared from Harrogate in 1997 and the Colsterdale moor body. 

Chief Constable Jones took over the force in April.

“We have a new police commissioner and a new chief constable – there are fresh eyes within the police force and it seems the perfect opportunity,” he said.

“It’s inherently right that they should have a look at the case and see if anything else could have been done, or if they feel they need help from other people like the Met then they should be asking for help rather than assuming it has to be done within North Yorkshire."

In December last year, Ms Lawrence’s mother, Joan Lawrence, mayor of Malton, launched a stinging attack on the investigation, saying she did not recognise North Yorkshire Police’s portrayal of her daughter during the investigation.

Mrs Lawrence, who is originally from Darlington, also claimed the police had “missed opportunities” at the start of the investigation and had never asked her about her daughter.

Today (Sunday, July 21) police said the case had been the subject of two external reviews by the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), who concluded the force was right to focus on relationships.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Mason, Head of Crime at North Yorkshire Police, said: “Over their history many police forces have a number of serious cases, that despite every effort to conclude them, have either stalled or remain undetected.

“It is nationally recognised best practice for forces to periodically examine such cases and re-examine them as investigative techniques and forensic science develops.”

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11:21pm Sun 21 Jul 13

NO EINSTEIN says...

Listen Lawrence family, this is all very dad, but its time to wake up and smell the coffee, im sorry for being so blunt.
Your daughter is gone now, and was murdered im sure, buts its time to accept your never going to fully know what happened, and even if you did, it would not bring her back, im sorry.
Listen Lawrence family, this is all very dad, but its time to wake up and smell the coffee, im sorry for being so blunt. Your daughter is gone now, and was murdered im sure, buts its time to accept your never going to fully know what happened, and even if you did, it would not bring her back, im sorry. NO EINSTEIN

9:07am Mon 22 Jul 13

stevegg says...

Why shouldnt the Lawrence family expect this! After all its an unlimited cheque book, unlimited police resources, jurisdiction and borders no object to investigate the dissapearance of Madeline McCann which could easily have been prevented if her affluent parents had put their children before their social life whilst on holiday. The government have made a rod for their own backs by doing this as why should one dissapearance be investigated less than another, unless your wealthy of course (eg 2 well paid doctors as parents).
Why shouldnt the Lawrence family expect this! After all its an unlimited cheque book, unlimited police resources, jurisdiction and borders no object to investigate the dissapearance of Madeline McCann which could easily have been prevented if her affluent parents had put their children before their social life whilst on holiday. The government have made a rod for their own backs by doing this as why should one dissapearance be investigated less than another, unless your wealthy of course (eg 2 well paid doctors as parents). stevegg

11:54am Mon 22 Jul 13

ian923 says...

The NPIA who reviewed the case has been scrapped because they were useless and a complete waste of money so any new review by competent officers is welcome. Unfortunately if investigators miss things in the early stages they can never be recovered. I think that is what happened here and I think the attitude of the SIO was questionable as it,s not a good idea to upset close relatives.Also the investigative team were quite secretive in that local officers were not appraised of the enquiries, progress etc except what they gleaned from the media. Still, no worse than the failed Leeming murder enquiry at Haxby.
The NPIA who reviewed the case has been scrapped because they were useless and a complete waste of money so any new review by competent officers is welcome. Unfortunately if investigators miss things in the early stages they can never be recovered. I think that is what happened here and I think the attitude of the SIO was questionable as it,s not a good idea to upset close relatives.Also the investigative team were quite secretive in that local officers were not appraised of the enquiries, progress etc except what they gleaned from the media. Still, no worse than the failed Leeming murder enquiry at Haxby. ian923

10:55pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Rodney Ashley Ballard says...

I have been working on this sad scenario for four years now and through the use of remote viewing I have identified seventeen pointers to an area east of York , I have been there and proven my input. This area is mentioned in the book "Gone". It seems that there is great resistance to me by those close to Claudia just as there was to Dr Karen Stevens. She failed to continue her research but I did not and have found at least two of the things that she viewed. Added to this via other paranormal contact I am aware of the Claudia few knew and this concurs with the police view of her. I am public with most of my findings and take responsibility for revealing knowledge that few dare reveal.
I have been working on this sad scenario for four years now and through the use of remote viewing I have identified seventeen pointers to an area east of York , I have been there and proven my input. This area is mentioned in the book "Gone". It seems that there is great resistance to me by those close to Claudia just as there was to Dr Karen Stevens. She failed to continue her research but I did not and have found at least two of the things that she viewed. Added to this via other paranormal contact I am aware of the Claudia few knew and this concurs with the police view of her. I am public with most of my findings and take responsibility for revealing knowledge that few dare reveal. Rodney Ashley Ballard

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