Childhood friend does not believe Gareth Williams was a transvestite

Sian Jones, a childhood friend of Gareth Williams, has told the inquest into his death she did not believe he was a transvestite, despite the extensive amount of women's clothing in his flat.

She said: "I feel like he would have been able to confide in me... and I would not have judged him."

Ms Jones said she would see Mr Williams every couple of days and he would shower her with gifts.

She told the inquest: "He did say he was not happy in London. He said that he found it quite lonely in London and within work it was very cliquey."

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Dead spy: MI6 staff face inquiry

The Met Police Commissioner has announced that detectives investigating the death of MI6 officer Gareth Williams will have direct access to his colleagues and material for the first time.