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Police hunting for missing architect Joanna Yeates have released new CCTV showing her buying a pizza in a Tesco Express on the night she was last seen.

The footage shows Miss Yeates, 25, buying a Tesco Finest tomato, mozzarella and basil pesto pizza at around 8.40pm on December 17 in Clifton Village, Bristol, wearing a cream-coloured coat with a rucksack on her back.

Detectives have appealed for the whereabouts of the pizza, because there was no trace of it, the wrapping or the box in the flat that Miss Yeates shared with her boyfriend Greg Reardon, 27. A police spokesman said: "The video has been released by detectives hoping people in the area at the time will remember seeing Joanna and contact the police."

David and Theresa Yeates sobbed as they acknowledged that she could be being held against her will and begged for her to be returned safe and well.

Miss Yeates has not been seen or heard from since last Friday following a night out with work colleagues in Bristol. Her boyfriend reported her missing on Sunday night after returning home to their flat in Canynge Road, Clifton, from a weekend away in Sheffield visiting family. One of several police lines of inquiry is that Miss Yeates was abducted.

Mr Yeates, 63, said on Thursday: "Just let her go. If you have ... if she is dead, then please tell somebody where she is. We want her back whatever."

He sobbed as he went on: "I was stood outside having a cigarette. It was cold. I was thinking my daughter, maybe she was out there by herself in the snow, frozen. It breaks me up. I want to be there to hold her. I've got to believe that she's alive. There's too much life in her. If the inevitable ... if it turns out that she isn't, I still want her back."

His daughter was last seen leaving the Ram pub in Park Street at about 8pm, walking up the street. She popped into a Waitrose on the way - where she was seen on CCTV - rang her best friend to arrange to meet on Christmas Eve and then went to the Tesco Express on Regent Street a quarter of a mile from her flat. A receipt from Tesco was found in her flat, along with the cream-coloured coat she had been wearing, and her mobile phone and keys.

Mrs Yeates, 58, said her daughter had recently moved into a flat with her boyfriend and had been looking forward to a party they were holding for friends on Tuesday. Sobbing and clutching her husband, she said: "I miss being able to hold her and cuddle her and tell her everything's all right. I just want her back. My little Jo - come back. Whoever has got her, don't keep her. Give her back to us. Nobody can feel the pain we feel."

Mr Reardon, who had left for Sheffield before Miss Yeates returned from the pub, said on Wednesday: "I desperately want her back - I thought we would be together forever. She was my future. This Christmas was going to be our first together."

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