British police arrest Dutch man for Yeates murder

21st January 2011, Comments 0 comments


British police have arrested a 32-year-old Dutch citizen, Vincent Tabak, for the murder of Joanna Yeates, say the British media.

Joanna Yeates, Mr Tabak's 25-year-old neighbour, was found dead on a country road outside Bristol in the west of England on Christmas Day, eight days after she went missing. The case has sparked a frenzy of media interest in Great Britain.

Police have searched Mr Tabak’s flat which is next to that of the murdered woman in the Clifton area of Bristol. The authorities will not confirm that the Dutch national is indeed in custody. The man lives at the Bristol address with his English girlfriend and works for an architect’s practice in the city.

Ms Yeates disappeared after going out with colleagues in the centre of Bristol on 17 December. Her body was found eight days later. Police say she had been strangled but that nothing suggests she had been raped. However, they have not ruled out a sexual motive for the murder.

Media interest The British media has followed the case with interest. It started as a disappearance and turned into a murder investigation. For a long time, there was no clue as to who the murderer might be.

Enormous media interest was whipped up as family and friends appealed to the public for help in solving the mystery. A reconstruction of the last known hours of Ms Yeates was staged on the BBC television programme, Crimewatch. After the show was aired, the police received more than 300 tips from members of the public.

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