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Jo landlord accuses police of leak

Joanna Yeates's former landlord has accused police of leaking information about him to journalists following his arrest on suspicion of her murder.

Retired school teacher Christopher Jefferies made the accusation in a statement released by his solicitor and has called for an independent inquiry.

The statement, released by Stokoe Partnership, said: "It has become apparent that evidence put before the Leveson Inquiry confirms our earliest concerns about the confidentially with which the arrest and detention of our client was dealt with by those investigating the murder of Joanna Yeates.

"As a result of our attendance at the police station and of our reviewing of the material in the media, it became apparent that information had been deliberately leaked by as yet unidentified individuals in flagrant breach of their duty.

"Our client strongly believes this to be the case, as there was information within the public domain which was only known to those privy to the investigation material. Our client is of the view that this information had been leaked and we share that view.

"There needs to be an independent inquiry into this potentially criminal conduct on the part of officers from Avon and Somerset Police, as well as the Crown Prosecution Service.

"As regards any legal action against Avon and Somerset Police for wrongful arrest, this is a matter which remains under review."

Mr Jefferies was responding to evidence - disputed by Avon and Somerset Police - that Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace gave the Leveson Inquiry into media standards.

Mr Wallace apologised to Mr Jefferies and told the inquiry that his judgment was affected by off-the-record briefings from the force in which they appeared confident that Mr Jefferies "was their man".

Colin Port, the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police, denied the claims made by Mr Wallace and said the force was "actively challenging" his comments.


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