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Memorial bench for Becky Watts to be unveiled

The bench has been carved from a huge log. Credit: ITV West Country

A memorial bench to murdered Bristol schoolgirl Becky Watts will be unveiled this afternoon.

The tribute, carved from a huge log, is in Plummers Hill Open Space, just metres from Becky's home in the St George area of Bristol.

The sixteen year-old was murdered by her stepbrother almost a year ago.

Becky Watts

Woodcarver Andy O'Neill who's working on the project, has been telling us more about the memory bench.



Becky Watts killers to appeal against convictions

Bristol teenager Becky Watts.

The couple jailed for the killing of teenager Becky Watts are both to appeal their sentences and convictions.

Nathan Matthews, Becky's step-brother, was jailed for 33 years for the murder of the 16-year-old.

His girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 21, who was convicted of manslaughter, was jailed for 17 years.

The applications will go before the Court of Appeal, who will decide whether to hear their cases.

Nathan Matthews (left) and Shauna Hoare (right).

Hoare appealed earlier this week, but Matthews lodged an appeal with Bristol Crown Court for leave to appeal today (December 10) - which is outside the limit of 28 days from conviction.

A spokesperson for Bristol Crown Court said:

We only received Nathan's today. You have 28 days from the conviction date to appeal so it is out of time so they will decide whether there are suitable grounds for him to appeal or not.

– Spokesperson, Bristol Crown Court

Nathan Matthews' legal team declined to comment.

Darren and Anjie Galsworthy, speaking to ITV after the trial. Credit: ITV News

It's a blow for Becky Watts' family, who said the experience of the trial was an ordeal.

We shouldn't have to go through this again.

It's a kick in the teeth.

– Darren Galsworthy, Becky Watts' father

Becky's killers "never showed any remorse"

As Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare are jailed for the murder and manslaughter respectively of Bristol teenager, Becky Watts, the Senior Investigating Officer, Mike Courtiour, has given this reaction outside court.

Nothing will ever fill the void left by Becky's murder but I hope the sentences passed down today will bring some comfort to her family, and the wider community who have been affected by these horrific events.

Matthews and Hoare have never shown any remorse for their grotesque actions and today's sentences reflect their refusal to take full responsibility for their callous crimes.

Our thoughts remain with Becky's family and friends who have suffered unimaginable pain and distress over the past nine months."

– Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour, Avon & Somerset Police
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