29 Dec 2010

Joanna Yeates: police release new CCTV film

As police investigate claims murder victim Joanna Yeates was seen outside her flat on the night she disappeared, new CCTV film is released of her visiting an off licence.

New CCTV footage of murder victim Joanna Yeates entering an off licence in Bristol has been released by police.

Earlier, police confirmed they are investigating whether Ms Yeates was seen leaving her flat with two people on the night she disappeared.

Her landlord, Christ Jeffries, reportedly saw three people leaving her property on 17 December shortly after 9pm as he parked his car in Carynge Road, in the Clifton area of Bristol.

However, speaking to Sky News, Mr Jeffries denied he had told police he saw the landscape architect leaving with two unidentified people.

“I made some comment which was very, very, very much vaguer than that,” he said. He continued: “I definitely cannot say that I saw Joanna Yeates that evening. No.”

One of the lines of inquiry we are following up concerns apparent reports that several people were seen or heard in or around Joanna’s flat on the night of her disappearance. Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones

Police investigating the death have received a good response to their appeal for information.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones, leading the investigation, said: “There are a number of lines of inquiry we are following up.

“One of these concerns apparent reports that several people were seen or heard in or around Joanna’s flat on the night of her disappearance.”

He went on: “We know that there were a number of people in the Carynge Road area on the night of Joanna’s disappearance.

“We want to hear from any of these people or anyone else with information that can help the inquiry.”

Landscape architect Joanna Yeates disappeared on the evening of Friday 17 December. Her boyfriend, Greg Reardon, with whom she lived, reported her missing on 19 December after returning home from a weekend in Sheffield.

Ms Yeates’s body was discovered near a golf club in north Somerset on 25 December and identified the following day.

If you have any information which could help the police investigation, please contact the Operation Braid incident room online or call 0845 456 7000