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Stepbrother and girlfriend questioned on suspicion of murder of 16-year-old Becky Watts

The stepbrother of missing teenager Becky Watts has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

Nathan Matthews, 28, was held alongside his 21-year-old girlfriend Shauna Phillips by detectives investigating the disappearance of 16-year-old Becky in Bristol.

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Forensic officers search a property in Wilton Close, Bristol, in connection with missing Rebecca Watts, after her family said they were "prepared for the worst" as searches for the quiet 16-year-old continue. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 1, 2015.  Avon and Somerset Police this afternoon arrested two people in connection with the disappearance of the youngster, also known as Becky. It came after more than 100 people gathered to conduct their own search of land in the Fishponds area of Bristol near where Becky lived, during which part of a laptop was discovered and handed to murder probe detectives. See PA story POLICE Missing. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Forensic officers search a property in Wilton Close, Bristol, in connection with missing Rebecca Watts, after her family said they were "prepared for the worst" as searches for the quiet 16-year-old continue. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 1, 2015. Avon and Somerset Police this afternoon arrested two people in connection with the disappearance of the youngster, also known as Becky. It came after more than 100 people gathered to conduct their own search of land in the Fishponds area of Bristol near where Becky lived, during which part of a laptop was discovered and handed to murder probe detectives. See PA story POLICE Missing. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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Avon and Somerset police search around Barton Court in Bristol for missing teenager Rebecca Watts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 3, 2015. Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour 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. See PA story POLICE Missing. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Avon and Somerset police search around Barton Court in Bristol for missing teenager Rebecca Watts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 3, 2015. Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour 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. See PA story POLICE Missing. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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Avon and Somerset police search around Barton Court in Bristol for missing teenager Rebecca Watts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 3, 2015. Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour 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. See PA story POLICE Missing. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Avon and Somerset police search around Barton Court in Bristol for missing teenager Rebecca Watts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 3, 2015. Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour 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. See PA story POLICE Missing. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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Forensic officers search a property in Wilton Close, Bristol, in connection with missing Rebecca Watts, after her family said they were "prepared for the worst" as searches for the quiet 16-year-old continue. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 1, 2015. Avon and Somerset Police this afternoon arrested two people in connection with the disappearance of the youngster, also known as Becky. It came after more than 100 people gathered to conduct their own search of land in the Fishponds area of Bristol near where Becky lived, during which part of a laptop was discovered and handed to murder probe detectives. See PA story POLICE Missing. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The couple, who live in Cotton Mill Lane in the Barton Hill area of Bristol, are thought to have been arrested on Saturday on suspicion of kidnap and later re-arrested on suspicion of murder. Detectives have until this afternoon to either release or charge the pair.

The teenager, described by her relatives as "wonderful", vanished from her home in Crown Hill, St George, in the city, on February 19.

Body parts were found at a house in Barton Court, in the Barton Hill area of the city, yards from the home of Mr Matthews and Ms Phillips, which has also been examined by forensic experts.

Yesterday, Avon and Somerset detectives revealed that a further four men, two aged 29 and two aged 23, and a 23-year-old woman, had been arrested on suspicion of helping an offender.

Members of Becky's father Darren's family have identified Matthews as the son of his wife Anjie.

Becky's brother Dan Galsworthy wrote on Facebook: "To everyone messaging and supporting me I haven't replied to any messages because I simply have no words, I thank you all and deeply appreciate everyone's support. Love to you all."

Aunt Sarah Broom wrote: "So today my brother got his baby girl back - 12 days of pure hell filled with heartache.

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"He is completely and utterly broken and there is nothing in this world of comfort to him - how does a parent ever recover from this? How can a family?

"So with tears rolling down my face, Becky you beautiful beautiful soul, you have touched so many hearts and changed so many lives.

"Your shy inverted nature has outshone and touched a whole city and beyond. You do not leave behind a legacy of anything other than pure heartfelt love and you, you beautiful girl, will live on forever in the hearts of all those that have carried you in theirs the last 12 days and of course those that carried you in your lifetime.

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Avon and Somerset police search around Barton Court in Bristol for missing teenager Rebecca Watts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 3, 2015. Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour 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. See PA story POLICE Missing. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Avon and Somerset police search around Barton Court in Bristol for missing teenager Rebecca Watts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 3, 2015. Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour 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. See PA story POLICE Missing. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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Avon and Somerset police search around Barton Court in Bristol for missing teenager Rebecca Watts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 3, 2015. Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour 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. See PA story POLICE Missing. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Avon and Somerset police search around Barton Court in Bristol for missing teenager Rebecca Watts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 3, 2015. Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour 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. See PA story POLICE Missing. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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Avon and Somerset police search around Barton Court in Bristol for missing teenager Rebecca Watts. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 3, 2015. Detective Superintendent Mike Courtiour 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. See PA story POLICE Missing. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

"Love each of my incredible family, we're all so crushed and drained of all we own for today but you bet next time we need to be strong we will be right there standing strong together, not for us but for someone who's changed and impacted our lives forever."

Yesterday, Becky's father and stepmother said: "To receive such news as we did today about our dear daughter and stepdaughter Becky is too much to bear."

The teenager's mother Tania Watts, brother Daniel and grandmother Pat said: "We are devastated to be told of this latest development. We are at an utter loss to understand why anyone would want to hurt our beautiful Becky in such a brutal way."

They added that none of those in custody is "connected to the Watts family".

John Galsworthy, speaking on behalf of the Galsworthy family said: "Becky was a wonderful daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece and we cannot put into words how devastated we are."

The search since Becky was officially reported missing on February 20 has involved a social media campaign which has reached more than four million people worldwide.

Police said formal identification procedures of the body parts have not yet been completed.

Floral tributes have been left close to the site of yesterday's discovery, and also at the gates of Becky's home.

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