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Claudia murder: Sniffer dog brought into house

SNIFFER DOG ... a forensic officer with a dog outside the house in Hollywell Road, North Shields,which is being searched by police investigating the murder of Claudia Lawrence.

SNIFFER DOG ... a forensic officer with a dog outside the house in Hollywell Road, North Shields,which is being searched by police investigating the murder of Claudia Lawrence.

A SPECIALLY-trained sniffer dog today joined a search operation at a Tyneside house where a 59-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murdering missing chef Claudia Lawrence.

North Yorkshire Police are questioning Michael Snelling, who was arrested yesterday at a house in North Shields on suspicion of killing Miss Lawrence, who went missing in March 2009.

Police took a black labrador sniffer dog into the semi-detached property in Hollywell Road this morning, and a number of police and forensic scientists could be seen at work.

Another police team was continuing a search started on Tuesday at Snelling’s home in Burnholme Grove, York.

People living close to the North Shields address, which is believed to be Snelling’s mother’s house, said the former York University lab technician was arrested at that house on Tuesday morning.

His car was also seized, they said.

Police moved in to search the property at the same time as a team began to probe his run-down semi in York.

Neighbours in York said Snelling spent a lot of time in North Shields, in the area where he grew up, but would return to York during the week for work.

They said he worked for some time as a lab technician in the biology department at York University but recently started work for a mental health charity.

North Yorkshire Police confirmed that a 59-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of Miss Lawrence’s murder but stressed the chef had not been found. He remains in custody.

 
 
 

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