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Police granted more time to question Joanna Yeates suspect

Avon and Somerset police have been granted extra time to question a 32-year-old man on suspicion of the murder of Bristol landscape architect Joanna Yeates.

Police officers outside a property on Aberdeen Road in Clifton, where it is believed a 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of Joanna Yeates' murder on Thursday.
Police officers outside a property on Aberdeen Road in Clifton, where it is believed a 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of Joanna Yeates' murder on Thursday.
Image: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

POLICE HAVE BEEN granted extra time to question a 32-year-old man arrested yesterday on suspicion of the murder of Bristol landscape architect Joanna Yeates.

The body of Joanna Yeates, 25, was discovered in a laneway three miles from her home on Christmas Day; she had been reported missing a week previously by her boyfriend, Greg Reardon. A post mortem confirmed she had been strangled.

Following a broadcast by Crimewatch UK reconstructing Yeates’ last steps and an appeal for information by Yeate’s parents, David and Teresa, on Monday, police received over 300 telephone calls.

Police have been searching the flat next to Yeates’, which is understood to be the home of 32-year-old Dutch national Vincent Tabak, the BBC reports. Avon and Somerset police have refused to confirm the identity of the suspect they are currently questioning.

The flat, which Tabak shares with his girlfriend, is not the first in the block to be searched by the police during this investigation.

Scaffolding has been erected at the Canynge Road building in which both Yeates and Tabak had lived, the Press Association reports.  A tarpaulin screen is understood to cover the entrance Tabak’s flat and the rear of Miss Yeates’ rented home.

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