Monday 26 February 2018

Missing teen Becky Watts (16) - two people arrested

Helen William and Ryan Hooper

Two people have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of 16-year-old Becky Watts.

Avon and Somerset Police Detective Superintendent Liz Tunks, who is leading the investigation, said: "Whilst the two people are being questioned our search for Becky continues unabated.

Rebecca Watts,16, known as Becky, Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire
Rebecca Watts,16, known as Becky, Avon and Somerset Police/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

"I would like to appeal once again for anyone who might have information about her whereabouts, or anything else that might help us to find her, to call us."

Missing teen Rebecca Watts (16) - Police searching lake near her home

It has been more than a week since the teenager, known as Becky, was last seen at her house in Crown Hill in the St George area of Bristol.

She left home on February 19 with her phone, laptop and tablet computer but did not inform friends or family where she was going, or take extra clothes.

Avon and Somerset Police have been searching for the teenager, described as shy, since she was reported missing by her family at 4pm on February 20.

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 March 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 March 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's father and step-mum Darren and Angie-Mae Galsworthy said: "We continue to hope that she will be found safe and unharmed but we will prepare ourselves for the worst."

In a statement, the couple said: "We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has assisted in the search for Becky and for the messages of support.

"We continue to work with the police to bring their investigation to a successful conclusion and we would like to ask members of the public to continue to report anything, however small, if they think it may help to find Becky."

Police divers have been carrying out open water searches on the lake in St George's Park, which is close to Becky's home, while police from neighbouring force areas have also been drafted in to help.

Darren Goldsworthy, father of missing teenager Becky Watts, with residents near Crown Hill, St George, Bristol, who turned out to help search and leaflet the area. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Darren Goldsworthy, father of missing teenager Becky Watts, with residents near Crown Hill, St George, Bristol, who turned out to help search and leaflet the area. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Darren Goldsworthy, father of missing teenager Becky Watts, with residents near Crown Hill, St George, Bristol, who turned out to help search and leaflet the area. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Rebecca Watts,16, known as Becky, Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire

An online campaign for the social media savvy teenager was launched by police earlier this week, using the hashtag #FindBecky.

More than 100 people gathered in the Fishponds area of Bristol in an attempt to shine a light on the teenager's mysterious disappearance.

Members of the search party recovered part of a grey Toshiba laptop from woodland while scouring areas near where Becky was last seen. It has since been handed to investigators.

Becky is described as 5ft 4in and slim, with long, bright red hair and was wearing a dark navy blue Puffa jacket with fabric sleeves.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Avon and Somerset Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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