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Landlord may sue UK police over Joanna Yeates inquiry

The man arrested and released without charge in the police investigation into Yeates’ muder is reported to be considering suing for wrongful arrest.

Police outside the building in Briston where Chris Jefferies and Joanna Yates lived in separate residences.
Police outside the building in Briston where Chris Jefferies and Joanna Yates lived in separate residences.
Image: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

CHRIS JEFFERIES, WHO WAS ARRESTED and released without charge by police investigating the death of Joanna Yeates in Bristol, is considering suing the police for wrongful arrest, Gary Mitchell reports on Sky News.

Yeates, 25, went missing on 17 December and her body was found on Christmas Day. She had been strangled.

Jefferies was Yeates’ landlord and lives in the same building Yeates had lived in with her boyfriend. He was released without charge on police bail after three days of questioning.

The investigation into Yeates’ death is ongoing and police today said it was possible she was strangled with one of her own socks. One of her grey knee-length socks was missing when her body was recovered.

Yesterday, ITN reporters were banned from attending that morning’s police press briefing on the investigation. Police said they had lodged a complaint to with British media watchdog Ofcom “in respect of the unfair, naïve and irresponsible reporting on the ITN ten o’clock news” on Tuesday night.

On their Facebook page, the Avon and Somerset Constabulary said:

A live murder investigation has been underway now for just twelve days and the media have played an important role in helping us to appeal for witnesses. While we appreciate the support we have received so far from most of the media we must step in if we feel coverage will hamper the investigation. Our primary aim will always be to secure justice for Joanna.

ITN responded by accusing police of attempting to censor its coverage. The ban has since been dropped, Journalism.co.uk said earlier today. A spokesperson for ITN said it had not agreed to run favourable reports in order to attend the press meetings.

The Telegraph reports that the police campaign for information surrounding Yeates’ death has generated over 1,700 tip-offs.

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