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Nathan Matthews in court on Becky Watts murder charge

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Image caption Becky Watts went missing from her family home on 19 February

Nathan Matthews, stepbrother of Bristol teenager Becky Watts, has appeared in court charged with her murder.

The 28-year-old, of Warmley, Bristol, was arrested by police at the weekend before body parts were discovered in a Barton Hill house on Monday night.

At Bristol Magistrates' Court, Judge Lynne Matthews, remanded him in custody to appear at crown court on Friday.

His girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 21, also appeared charged with perverting the course of justice.

She will appear before the crown court for a preliminary hearing on 2 April. There was no application for bail.

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Image caption Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare were arrested at the weekend
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Image caption The pair arrived at Bristol Magistrates' Court early on Thursday morning

Four other men and a woman, all in their 20s, are still being questioned on suspicion of assisting an offender.

On Thursday, police were granted more time to question two men aged 29, two aged 23 and a woman aged 23, who had been arrested earlier in the week.

Bristol magistrates extended the time they are allowed to question them for a second day running.

Becky, 16, was last seen on 19 February and was reported missing the following day.

The discovery of her body came after an extensive search across Bristol.

Floral tributes have been left near that property and outside Becky's home in the St George area of the city.

A fund set up to pay for Becky's funeral has also passed the £7,000 mark.

St Ambrose Church, near the family home, opened on Thursday for members of the public to light candles in memory of Becky.

A photograph from Darren and Anjie Galsworthy's wedding in 2013 has emerged, showing Becky and the two suspects, Nathan Matthews and his girlfriend, Shauna Hoare.

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Image caption Floral tributes have been left outside Becky's home in St George, Bristol
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Image caption A book of condolence has been opened at a local church

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