Statement from Avon & Somerset Police

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.

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

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Jefferies gets police apology

Christopher Jefferies, who won libel damages after his arrest over the murder of Joanna Yeates, has received a full letter of exoneration from Avon and Somerset Police.