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Becky Watts search: Police continue to question man and woman

Rebecca Watts
Image caption Rebecca Watts has been missing from her family home since 19 February

Two people arrested on suspicion of the murder of missing teenager Becky Watts remain in police custody.

A man, 28 and a woman, 21, were arrested on suspicion of kidnap on Saturday and further arrested on Monday, Avon and Somerset Police said.

The 16-year-old was last seen at her home in the St George area of Bristol on 19 February.

Det Supt Mike Courtiour said the search for Becky, with teams from a number of forces, would continue "unabated".

On Monday morning, a district judge gave police a warrant of further detention, giving officers another 36 hours to question the arrested man and woman.

A number of places, including three houses and woodland, have been searched as part of the investigation.


Locations searched by police:

  • House in Wilton Close, Southmead
  • House in Cotton Mill Lane, Barton Hill
  • Family home in Crown Hill, St George
  • Wharf Road, Fishponds
  • Trym Valley, near Southmead
  • Badock's Wood, near Southmead
  • Royate Hill allotments
  • Henleaze Lake, Bristol
  • Lake in St George Park
  • Trooper's Hill Nature Reserve

Image caption A blue tent was erected in the back garden of the Barton Hill home
Image caption A second police tent was erected at the front of a house in Barton Hill

Det Supt Courtiour urged anyone with information about Becky's disappearance to come forward, particularly about a "critically significant" car.

"We published an appeal for information from anyone who may have seen a black Vauxhall Zafira, registration number HY06 HYA, in the local area, any time between the morning of Thursday 19 February to Monday 23 February.

"We have seized this car but we need the public's help in tracing where it might have been during those key days."

He said police also wanted to talk to the vehicle's previous owners.


Timeline of Becky's disappearance

  • Friday 20 February - Becky is reported missing at 16:00 after her family says she was last seen at her home the previous morning
  • Tuesday 24 February - Her father Darren Galsworthy and grandmother Pat Watts appeal for Becky to get in touch. Meanwhile, the nearby nature reserve at Troopers Hill is searched
  • Wednesday 25 February - Becky's home in Crown Hill, St George, is searched
  • Saturday 28 February - Two people are arrested in connection with Becky's disappearance
  • Monday 2 March - A 28-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman held since Saturday are further arrested on suspicion of the murder and kidnap of Becky

Becky left home on 19 February, with her phone, laptop and tablet computer but did not tell her friends or family where she was going, or take extra clothing.

No further details about the two people arrested were released by police but they said there was "sufficient information" to justify their arrests.

Det Supt Courtiour said: "This is a very sensitive investigation and I am not in a position to give you any further information or the identity of those in custody."

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Image caption Police want more information on the whereabouts of a black Vauxhall Zafira between the 19 and 23 February

In a statement, Becky's father and stepmother Darren and Angie-Mae Galsworthy, said they "continue to hope" she would be found safe but they were preparing themselves for the worst.

Avon and Somerset Police said it was running six search teams.

Experts from the National Crime Agency and College of Policing are also involved and a police helicopter has been used.

About 150 members of the public joined an organised search of Oldbury Court estate on Saturday in the hope of finding evidence.

But further public searches have been postponed, according to the Find Rebecca Watts Facebook group.

The message said members were "trying to work alongside of the police and help them with the investigation".

"Police have urged us to flood everywhere, especially shopping centres, with posters," it read.

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Image caption The family home in St George was also searched
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Image caption Officers have been working at the Barton Hill property since Sunday
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Image caption In Southmead, officers removed boxes from the home

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