The mother of Claudia Lawrence has begged police to question convicted murderer Christopher Halliwell over the cold case, more than a decade after she disappeared. 

Joan Lawrence has urged detectives to question Halliwell amid fears that the case will never be solved on the 14th anniversary of the chef's, then 35, disappearance on Mother's Day in 2009. 

Halliwell, now 58, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2016 after he admitted murdering Becky Godden-Edwards, 20, in 2003, while being questioned about the murder of another young woman, Sian O'Callaghan, 22, in 2011.

But some have always suspected the former taxi driver from Swindon of murdering more women, and in 2019 he was linked with four other unsolved cases. 

Ms Lawrence, 79, believes police should be looking closely at Halliwell in her daughter's case. 

She claims more witnesses have come forward about Halliwell's connections to York, where her daughter was last seen, including a construction boss who travelled to the region with a team which included Halliwell. 

Detectives believe Claudia - who lived in the Heworth area of York - was murdered, although no body has ever been found. North Yorkshire Police has conducted two investigations and questioned nine people in relation to her disappearance and suspected murder, but no charges have ever been brought.

They believe her personal life is a key aspect of the case and have dismissed any links to Halliwell. 

But Ms Lawrence fears they are 'blinkered' and has said there are three witnesses who can link Halliwell to North Yorkshire. 

'More and more people keep coming forward,' she told The Mirror. 'This can't just be a coincidence.' 

'It just feels like there is something we are all missing. Surely police should be looking at this again?'

Ms Lawrence said she was contacted by a woman who saw a picture of Halliwell in the paper. The witness believes she saw him in a red Rover near the Nestle factory at 5am in March 2009. 

According to Ms Lawrence, the witness spoke to the police about it but she felt they 'weren't taking her seriously.'  

'The way he looked at her frightened her so much she ran home,' Ms Lawrence said. 

'Years later when Halliwell was in the papers after he was in court for murder, she recognised his face and she made contact with me.'

She has also urged police to allow her to see Halliwell's 'treasure trove' of items linked to his crimes, found in a lake in Ramsbury in 2014. It included the boots of one of his victim's, a shotgun, and women's clothing. 

She has also begged police to see his drawings of beauty spots, wondering if she might spot something linked to her daughter. 

''Please show me Halliwell's treasure trove,' she said. 'I might recognise something of Claudia's that could be vital'. 

It comes after Ms Lawrence claimed the BBC has been chasing her missing daughter for her licence fee and has threatened court action

She said the demands have caused 'untold heartache' and has called on police to stop the BBC sending letters to the property. 

'You’d think they’d know by now, after all the publicity, wouldn’t you,' she said. 

'They must have sent two or three letters a year in all the time this has been happening. One was nasty and horrible. It threatened that not paying could affect her credit score.

'I’m not someone who has ever had any debts, I pay for things straight away, so it was an awful thing to read. It really must stop.'

The BBC later issued an apology, stating that they would be apologising to Ms Lawrence directly

A BBC spokesman said: 'We're very sorry for the distress caused to Mrs Lawrence and we will be apologising to her directly. 

'We have taken steps to ensure no further letters are sent to the address.' 

In a public appeal last year, Joan said she is continuing to try and solve the mystery for herself and is reviewing what happened 'with a fine-toothed comb' for 'simple things that have been missed'. 

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