Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is today offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information on a suspected murder that is approaching its five-year anniversary.

Claudia Lawrence was last seen nearing her home in Heworth, York, on the afternoon of 18th March 2009, as she returned from her work as a chef at the University of York's Goodricke College in the Roger Kirk Centre.

She spoke to her parents by telephone that evening, making plans with her mother to spend Mother's Day together. Lawrence later sent a text message to a friend and has not been heard from since. Her passport and bank cards were left at her home when she went missing.

Crimestoppers is offering the reward of up to £10,000 for information passed to the charity’s 0800 555 111 number that leads to an arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for this crime.

Crimestoppers North East Regional Manager, Dave Hunter, said: “This crime is fast approaching its five year anniversary. We would ask that anyone who thinks they may have information relating to this, no matter how small, should come forward and finally help Claudia’s family to obtain the answers they seek. All information passed to Crimestoppers is kept anonymous, a guarantee that has never been broken, so no-one need be in fear of their identity being revealed.”

If you have any information on this incident please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form.

*Note: Rewards will only be payable for information passed to Crimestoppers’ 0800 555 111 number. Information passed to police will not qualify.

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For more information please contact Crimestoppers’ Media Officer Fiona Murton-Taylor on telephone number 0208 835 3752 or email fiona.murton-taylor@crimestoppers-uk.org

 

Notes to Editors

 

• This reward is valid for three months and is not to be published by the media after 19th June 2014. Please contact the press office for updates after this date.

• Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use our ‘giving information’ form via our website www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

• Around 20 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.

• Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over a million actionable calls, resulting in over 124,000 arrests and charges. Over £126 million worth of goods has been recovered and over £301 million worth of drugs has been seized.

• In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK’s Most Wanted on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful with over 2,600 arrests to date.

• Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area. Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.