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Christopher Jefferies was 'vilified' by press

The former landlord of murder victim Jo Yeates has been sent a letter by police saying "sorry" for distress he suffered during the probe into her death.

Christopher Jefferies was arrested after the 25-year-old was found dead in December 2010 but was eliminated from the inquiry several months later.

Speaking to the Today programme, Mr Jefferies said: "It was quite impossible for me to live a normal life... it was a horrifying experience."

Nick Gargan, chief constable of Avon and Somerset constabulary, met with Chris Jefferies on Friday to discuss what lessons the police could learn from the episode.

He said: "Mr Jefferies was subject to a wholly unjustified campaign of vilification by the press. I feel enormous personal sympathy for him, but it's not for the police to decide the law."

First broadcast on the Today programme on Monday 16 September.

  • 16 Sep 2013
  • From the section UK