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CPS: There is 'sufficient evidence' to charge Matthews

The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed it has authorised Avon and Somerset Police to charge Nathan Matthews with the murder of 16-year-old Becky Watts.

Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare, also known as Shauna Phillips, in fancy dress. Credit: Facebook

Having carried out a detailed review of the evidence gathered by Avon and Somerset Police, my conclusion is that there is sufficient evidence to charge Nathan Matthews with the murder of Becky Watts.

I have also concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge Shauna Hoare with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

I have therefore today authorised Avon and Somerset police to charge them with these offences and they will appear before Bristol Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning.

Proceedings are now ongoing and the defendants have the right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.

– Rachael Scott, head of the CPS South West Complex Casework Unit


Nathan Matthews charged with murder of Becky Watts

Nathan Matthews has been charged with the murder of his 16-year-old stepsister Becky Watts, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Shauna Hoare, who is also known as Shauna Phillips, has been charged with intending to pervert the course of justice.

The 28-year-old Matthews and 21-year-old Hoare, both of Cotton Mill Lane in Bristol, remain in custody and are due before Bristol Magistrates’ Court tomorrow at 10am.

Flowers left across Bristol for murdered Becky Watts

Floral tributes to Becky Watts have emerged in several locations across Bristol amid a public outpouring of grief at the 16-year-old's murder.

Bouquets, teddies and cards have been left at the family home she vanished from on February 19, and at the site where body parts were found.

Flowers have been laid by the public near a property in Barton Court, Bristol. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The disappearance of Becky led to a social media campaign that reached more than four million people worldwide. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Forensic officers continue to work inside a house on Cotton Mill Lane, as seven people remain in custody in connection with the investigation. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire


Two men arrested in Syria-fraud investigation

Police investigating large-scale fraud linked to extremists travelling to Syria have arrested two men in London on suspicion of money laundering.

Two people have been arrested as part of the investigation. Credit: PA Wire

Scotland Yard said the arrests are linked to reports of vulnerable and elderly victims being "cold called" over the phone by a suspect impersonating a police officer, who informs them their bank account has been compromised.

Victims are then tricked into transferring money to an account under the control of the suspect, with one elderly victim losing around £150,000.

The two men, aged 23 and 29, were arrested at addresses in west and east London.

They remain in custody at a police station in south London.

'Animal cruelty' unseen by William during China visit

This footage may embarass Prince William, who was in China to fight against the illegal wildlife trade and protect elephants.

But in the same animal sanctuary he visited, but unseen by him, one area is said to house elephants which are made to perform for visitors' amusement.

There are allegations of mistreatment in the training process, in which the animals are made to spin and play football.

ITV News' Royal Editor Tim Ewart reports:

Emotional scenes as Becky Watts' family lay flowers

There were emotional scenes today as Becky Watts' family laid flowers at her house, where she was last seen alive.

Police only have a few hours left to either charge or release Becky's stepbrother Nathan Matthews and his girlfriend Shauna Phillips, who are reportedly being held over her murder.

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports from Bristol:

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