Wednesday 13 November 2019

Body parts discovered in search for missing 16-year-old Becky Watts

Rod Minchin and Claire Hayhurst

Police searching for missing 16-year-old Becky Watts have found body parts.

Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour said her family had been told of the "devastating" news.

The home of Darren Goldsworthy, the father of missing teenager Becky Watts, on Crown Hill, St George, Bristol. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
The home of Darren Goldsworthy, the father of missing teenager Becky Watts, on Crown Hill, St George, Bristol. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
The home of Darren Goldsworthy (centre) the father of missing teenager Becky Watts, on Crown Hill, St George, Bristol. Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Becky vanished from her home in Bristol more than a week ago.

Mr Courtier said in a statement: "As a result of new information received late last night, 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."

Read more: Detectives appeal for car sightings in search for missing teen Becky Watts (16)

Undated handout photo issued by Avon and Somerset Police of Rebecca Watts,16, known as Becky, who police have been searching for near her home where she was last seen in Crown Hill, St George, Bristol at around 11.15am Thursday February 19, which she left without telling friends of family. Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by Avon and Somerset Police of Rebecca Watts,16, known as Becky, who police have been searching for near her home where she was last seen in Crown Hill, St George, Bristol at around 11.15am Thursday February 19, which she left without telling friends of family. Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire
Darren Goldsworthy, father of missing teenager Becky Watts, near Crown Hill, St George, Bristol, who turned out to help search and leaflet the area. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Police patrol near the home of Darren Goldsworthy, the father of missing teenager Becky Watts, on Crown Hill, St George, Bristol. Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Becky left home with her phone, laptop and tablet computer but did not tell friends or family where she was going, or take extra clothing. She was reported missing at 4pm on February 20.

A 28-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping the teenager. They were further arrested yesterday on suspicion of her murder.

Speaking at the weekend, Becky's father, Darren Galsworthy, and stepmother, Angie-Mae Galsworthy, said in a statement: "We continue to hope that she will be found safe and unharmed but we will prepare ourselves for the worst."

Mr Galsworthy added: "It's an absolute hell-on-earth nightmare that seems to be going on and on forever. We just need closure, we want it all to go away, get everything back to normal, get my little girl home."

Read more: Missing teen Rebecca Watts (16): Police search house five miles from her home

Becky left home with her phone, laptop and tablet computer but did not tell friends or family where she was going, or take extra clothing. She was reported missing at 4pm on February 20.

A 28-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of kidnapping the teenager. They were further arrested yesterday on suspicion of her murder.

Speaking at the weekend, Becky's father, Darren Galsworthy, and stepmother, Angie-Mae Galsworthy, said in a statement: "We continue to hope that she will be found safe and unharmed but we will prepare ourselves for the worst."

Mr Galsworthy added: "It's an absolute hell-on-earth nightmare that seems to be going on and on forever. We just need closure, we want it all to go away, get everything back to normal, get my little girl home."

Read more: Missing teen Becky Watts (16) - two people arrested

The teenager's uncle, Sam Galsworthy, said no-one on her father's side had any connection to her disappearance.

Seeking to end speculation and rumour, he told ITV News: "We want to make it absolutely clear that no member of Darren's side of the family are implicated in any way.

"Every family member who was part of our search for Rebecca still remains with us."

Hundreds of leaflets have been printed and a social media campaign, using the hashtag #FindBecky, has gained thousands of hits.

The total reach for the social media campaign to find her has been more than four million people worldwide.

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