Jo Yeates Crimewatch reconstruction cancelled


The murder reconstruction of architect Jo Yeates has been pulled from BBC One show Crimewatch tomorrow, television bosses confirmed.

Jo Yeates Crimewatch reconstruction cancelled

Cameras had followed an actress – matching the exact description of tragic Jo – as she made her fateful journey home from the Ram pub in Bristol.

The footage, including pictures of her buying a pizza from Tesco, was to be aired on behalf of detectives investigating her brutal strangling – to jog the memory of witnesses.

But following the arrest and charge of Dutch engineer Vincent Tabak, 32, on suspicion of murder late on Saturday evening, the film will no longer be shown.

The BBC confirmed some reference would be made to the pretty 25-year-old, whose frozen body was found covered in snow by dog walkers on Christmas Day.

A corporation spokesman said: ”There will be some reference to the Joanna Yeates case, but the reconstruction won’t be shown.

”I’m afraid we don’t have any more details at this stage, as it’s all still being decided.”

The reconstruction was filmed on the same streets of Clifton, Bristol, where blonde Jo went missing, earlier this month.

Unusually – due to the high-profile nature of the case – the filming of the scenes was also captured by the press.

Jo’s parents, David, 63, and Teresa, 58, also put out a statement to coincide with the reconstruction, calling on anyone shielding their daughter’s killer to come forward.

The piece, released to the media on January 18, was believed to have been written by experienced criminologists – to prick the conscience of anyone involved in her murder.

Jo Yeates Crimewatch reconstruction cancelled

They said: ”If you do know something and you do not come forward you are consciously hampering the apprehension of Jo’s killer(s) and the perpetrator(s) is still free.

”You will also be prolonging the torment of Jo’s family and friends.”

Tabak was arrested two days later and reports have suggested a crucial call was made to the police, following the airing of the parents’ appeal.

A police spokesman said yesterday: ”BBC’s Crimewatch are still doing something on the Jo Yeates case – but it will not be as big as they were planning.”

Avon and Somerset Police also confirmed 66-year-old Chris Jefferies was still being held on bail and had not yet been de-arrested following the charge against Dutchman Tabak.


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