As the Police and Crime Commissioner celebrates it's first anniversary we speak with the woman in charge in Avon and Somerset
On the fourth anniversary of the discovery of Melanie Hall's body, police reveal new developments involving a rope and a car.
A 38 year old man is fighting for his life in hospital after being found with serious head injuries.
The media attention and villification to which Christopher Jefferies was subjected during the Joanna Yeates murder investigation was unprecedented, and I understand how difficult it must have been for him.
It was a complex investigation, carried out under the most intense public scrutiny and the investigating officer had to pursue every reasonable line of enquiry.
– Nick Gargan, Avon & Somerset Chief Constable
Although I was not Chief Constable then, I stand by the decision taken at the time to arrest and interview Christopher Jefferies.
Nevertheless I am happy to accede to his request that we should make it clear that he was completely exonerated in this investigation. This is an unusual step to take but these were exceptional circumstances.
– Nick Gargan, Avon & Somerset Chief Constable
I had a private meeting with Mr Jefferies on Friday and hope to use his experience to inform our serious crime investigations in the future.
Christopher Jefferies said the "horrifying experience" of his arrest led him to believe that suspects should not be named unless they are charged with an offence.
He said that during the nine weeks he spent on bail it was impossible for him to return to his flat or live "anything approaching a normal life".
I think that would be certainly an important step and it would prevent a great deal, certainly, of the distress which happened to members of my family, quite apart from what happened to me, because I think one shouldn't underestimate the way in which their lives were changed during the days that I was in custody as a result of the media harassment and the media intrusion.
Christopher Jefferies said:
It provides an important conclusion to the whole aftermath of what I had to go through following my arrest.
As the letter itself explains it provides the public vindication which was not given at the time I was released from police bail.
Although the letter is addressed to me and is therefore expressing regret at what I had to endure, the letter also implicitly provides the public acceptance that the events didn't just affect me but affected a large circle of my relatives and friends.
The innocent landlord of murdered landscape architect Joanna Yeates has received a letter from police expressing "regret" for the first time at the way he was treated after being arrested over her killing.
Christopher Jefferies hailed what he described as "public vindication" from Avon and Somerset Police over its handling of his detention, bail and subsequent release without charge after 25-year-old Miss Yeates' death in December 2010.
The "letter of exoneration expressing regret" from chief constable Nick Gargan - who met the retired teacher last Friday - acknowledged the "hurt" caused to the 68-year-old retired teacher when the force failed to clear him publicly of suspicion over Miss Yeates' murder.
A man convicted of money laundering has been ordered to pay back more than a million pounds. Peter Martin is serving seven years - but will have another five years added to his sentence if he can't pay up.
When Police searched Martin's home near Bath they found huge quantities of cash - including three hundred and fifty thousand pounds in his garage. Richard Payne has the story.
– Dr Kirstie Cogram, Manager, Avon & Somerset Constabulary’s Financial Investigation Unit.
Peter Martin had no declared income but lived a lavish lifestyle and refurbished his home to a very high standard, using the proceeds of crime which represents money made from other people’s misery. We are committed to seizing all assets that criminals have gained as a result of crime. It is not acceptable that criminals benefit from illegal activities and we will relentlessly pursue them through the courts to ensure all their money is taken. By doing this we will show criminals that they will not benefit from crime and hopefully deter others from entering a life of crime."
A man from near Bath has been ordered to pay back £1.2million he made through money laundering and fraud offences.
Taunton Crown Court heard that 68 year old Peter Martin of Norton St Philip benefited from crime by £1,204,143.58.
He will lose his £900,000 home at Barnfield, Chatley Furlong, £373,000 in cash, and £17,000 he gifted to someone else.
On January 21, 2011 he was sentenced to nine years, reduced to seven on appeal, in prison after being convicted of concealing criminal property, converting criminal property and obtaining a money transfer by deception.