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'We are heartbroken', says grandfather

Becky's grandfather has issued the following statement saying he is heartbroken at what has been discovered overnight:

We are heartbroken at what has been discovered overnight. We cannot begin to understand what has happened and why.

Becky was a wonderful daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece and we cannot put into words how devastated we are. We are pulling together as a family and ask to be left alone at this time.

– John Galsworthy

'News about our daughter is too much to bear', says Father

The father and step-mother of Becky have issued the following statement:

To receive such news as we did today about our dear daughter and step-daughter Becky is too much to bear. We have the support of a good family network to help us in these challenging times.

“We would ask that you treat Becky with the due reverence and allow us to come to terms with our grief in private. As a family, we would ask the press to make any future contact through the police press office.”

– Darren and Anjie Galsworthy


Campaigners meet Environment Secretary to challenge badger cull

Members of the Badger Trust spoke to Liz Truss in her London office Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Campaigners fighting to stop the badgers culls in Somerset say they've had a 'constructive' meeting with the Environment Secretary.

Members of the Badger Trust spoke to Liz Truss in her London office, claiming the culls are both costly and ineffective in halting the spread of TB in cattle.

Afterwards they said she had agreed to consider various points about animal welfare and vaccination.

Dominic Dyer, Chief Executive Badger Trust Credit: ITV News

She said the chief veterinary officer still continues to advise her that it is a tool that needs to be used. She made no commitment on extension of the culls at this stage even though we did agree if there were any steps to go forward they'd have to go through proper licencing and consultation processes. She did accept that cattle measures are important, she did accept badger vaccination has a valuable roll to play as well which is a step forward from her predecessor Owen Patterson.


'I'm scared to imagine that I might have missed her' says neighbour

A grandmother, who lives in Cotton Mill Lane near where forensic experts are examining two houses, has spoken of her shock at today's developments:

I'm scared to imagine that I might have missed her (Becky). I am totally devastated and I can't stop shaking and I feel so, so sorry for the parents - my heart goes out to them. That poor baby.

– Jen, Cotton Mill Lane resident


'We are devastated to be told this latest development', say family

Becky Watts' mum Tania, grandmother Pat and brother Daniel Watts, have issued the following statement saying they are devastated by the latest developments:

We are devastated to be told of this latest development. We are at an utter loss to understand why anyone would want to hurt our beautiful Becky in such a brutal way.

We are grateful to the police for all they have done and are continuing to do in this investigation.

Whilst there are people in custody, none of whom are connected to the Watts family, we will not be making any further comment and we ask that our privacy is respected at this horrific time

– Becky's Family

The police press conference: body parts and five arrests

The media prepare for the announcement Credit: ITV News

Body parts have been found at a new location in the Barton Hill Area of Bristol, and now seven people are being questioned by officers.

Police announced four men and one woman all in their 20s have also been arrested - a man and a woman were already being held in police custody.

Watch the latest update from Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour:

***NOTE the police have made a correction that they have arrested four men and one woman (not three men and two women which is said in the video)

Body parts found and five others arrested

Police have announced that body parts - believed to be Becky's - have been found at a Barton Hill property. Formal identification procedures are underway.

A further three men and two women have been arrested.

Read the police statement in full:

As a result of new information received late last night (02/03), we attended a house at Barton Court in the Barton Hill area of Bristol. The information suggested that Becky’s body had been cut up and a search at the new location resulted in the discovery of body parts.

Although formal identification procedures have not yet been completed, we have made Becky’s family aware of this discovery. As a result of this latest development, a further three men and two women have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

They remain in police custody at this time as do the man and the woman arrested on suspicion of Becky’s murder. This is devastating news for Becky’s family and friends and our thoughts are with them. We will continue to offer every support we can to them during this terrible ordeal.”

– Avon and Somerset Police
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