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Man jailed over Claudia Lawrence body hoax

Claudia Lawrence
Image caption Claudia Lawrence disappeared two years ago but her body has never been found

A man has been jailed for wasting police time after claiming he knew where the body of missing chef Claudia Lawrence was.

Richard O'Rourke, 48, of Keddington Avenue, Lincolnshire, admitted sending a text message to a police officer sparking a four-day search.

He admitted other charges and was jailed for 18 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Miss Lawrence disappeared in 2009 after leaving work at York University.

She has not been seen since.

O'Rourke also pleaded guilty to putting a person in fear of violence, making an indecent image of a child and possessing an extreme pornographic image on his computer.

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