Praise for new ‘missing’ strategy

Every police force should ensure families are automatically signposted to support services when their loved ones go missing, the Government has said.

Peter Lawrence, the father of missing chef Claudia, praised the strategy announced yesterday by Home Office Minister James Brokenshire.

He said: “It’s good to get a strategy at all, and the minister is obviously very committed to it,” said Mr Lawrence, of Slingsby, who has long campaigned for change. “To have at least some signposting to families and some help for them is going to be a really good thing which has not happened in the past.”

Mr Lawrence, whose daughter went missing from York in March 2009, said that in his experience the provision of support was “regional and patchy”, with “no indication of where help may be available”. He said he believed the new strategy could lead to more missing people being found.