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Jo Yeates's boyfriend on charity cycle ride

Riders prepare to set off from Bristol, on a charity cycle challenge in memory of Jo Yeates
Image caption Staff from BDP's Bristol office set off for Winchester on Tuesday

The boyfriend of landscape architect Jo Yeates has joined a charity bike ride in her memory.

Miss Yeates, 25, originally from Hampshire, went missing on 17 December last year. Her body was found on Christmas Day.

Her boyfriend Greg Reardon led 29 staff from BDP's Bristol office, where Miss Yeates worked, setting off for Winchester on Tuesday morning.

Her former neighbour Vincent Tabak, 33, has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter.

Mr Tabak, a Dutch national, denies murder and is due to face trial at Bristol Crown Court on 4 October.

Missing People

The relay ride has involved more than 200 employees from design practice BDP riding around the UK, as well as in the Irish Republic and the Netherlands.

Image caption Miss Yeates went missing on 17 December last year

The first riders set off from Clerkenwell, central London, on 6 May. The last team is due to arrive in London on 25 May, International Missing Children's Day.

The challenge is aimed at raising money for the Missing People charity, the Red Cross and the RSPCA.

On Tuesday, cyclists were riding from Bristol to Winchester. Miss Yeates's father David is expected to join them along the route.

Miss Yeates, who was originally from Ampfield, was reported missing by Mr Reardon on 19 December, when he returned to their flat in Clifton, Bristol after a weekend visiting family in Sheffield.

Her snow-covered body was found in Longwood Lane, Failand, by dog walkers on Christmas Day.

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