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Becky Watts stepbrother charged is with murder as five others face quiz

By Rod Minchin and Claire Hayhurst

The stepbrother of 16-year-old Becky Watts has been charged with her murder, while his girlfriend has been charged with intending to pervert the course of justice.

Nathan Matthews (28) and Shauna Hoare (21), both of Cotton Mill Lane, Bristol, remain in police custody and will appear at Bristol Magistrates Court today.

Four men and one woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender were also in custody last night, a spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said.

Matthews and Hoare, who uses the surname Williams on her social media accounts, were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of Becky's kidnap.

They were later rearrested on suspicion of her murder.

Hoare was rushed to hospital on Tuesday night by officers after "feeling unwell" in custody but returned after being seen by a doctor, police previously said.

Becky, described as "wonderful" by her family, vanished from her Bristol home at 11.15am on February 19.

Avon and Somerset Police launched a huge search operation - involving six police teams each day - after she was reported missing the following afternoon.

On Monday night, detectives received information that Becky's body had been "cut up" and they attended a house in Barton Court, Barton Hill, Bristol.

Body parts were discovered at the address, which continues to be combed by forensics teams.

Bouquets, teddies and cards have been left at the family home where Becky went missing, and at the site where body parts were found.

The five people arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender following the grim discovery are four men, aged 29, 29, 23 and 23, and one woman, also aged 23.

Matthews was identified as the teenager's stepbrother - the son of her father Darren's wife Anjie.

Formal identification procedures of the body parts has not yet been completed. Churches, such as St Luke's in Barton Hill and St Ambrose near to Becky's home, have opened for mourners to pay their respects.

Rachael Scott, head of the CPS South West Complex Casework Unit, said she had been offering "advice and guidance" to police since the arrests.

"Having carried out a detailed review of the evidence gathered by Avon and Somerset Police, my conclusion is that there is sufficient evidence to charge Nathan Matthews with the murder of Becky Watts," she said.

In a post on Facebook, Becky's brother Dan Galsworthy wrote: "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."

There was a heavy police presence in Barton Hill as officers continued fingertip searches.

Writing on Facebook, aunt Sarah Broom said of Becky's father: "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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