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Gareth Williams family criticise MI6 after spy's death

Speaking on behalf of the Williams family, solicitor Robyn Williams said: "Our grief is exacerbated by the failure of his employers at MI6 to take even the most basic inquiries as to his whereabouts and welfare, which any reasonable employer would have taken."

He said the Williams family were "extremely disappointed" over the failure of MI6 to make relevant information available and asked for the Metropolitan Police to review how the investigation will proceed.

He added: "Gareth always was and always will be a special and adored son and brother.

"We miss him every single day and cannot describe the depth of the sorrow his absence leaves in our lives. We love you Gareth and will treasure your memory eternally. To live on in the hearts of those we love and leave behind is not to die."

MI6 chief apologies to family of Gareth Williams

One of Britain's most senior spies apologised to Gareth Williams' family today for the mix-up which saw MI6 fail to report his disappearance for a week.

Sir John Sawers, chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, expressed the "deepest condolences" of MI6 and GCHQ for the death.

In a statement delivered by MI6 lawyer Andrew O'Connor, Sir John said the service should have acted more swiftly when Mr Williams failed to turn up to work in August 2010.

Mr O'Connor said: "On behalf of the whole organisation, Sir John regrets this deeply and apologises unreservedly."

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The theories surrounding spy's death

ITV News correspondent Paul Davies explores the theories surrounding the death of MI6 code-breaker Gareth Williams.

Please do not attempt to recreate the demonstration contained in the video.

Mr Williams' decomposing naked body was discovered padlocked inside a holdall in his flat in August 2010. Today coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox delivered a narrative verdict, stating it is "very unlikely" the mystery will ever be explained.

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