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Man held over Joanna Yeates’ murder

The police are quizzing a man over the death of landscape architect Joanna Yeates

A 32-year old man, believed to be Dutch-born Buro Happold architectural consultant Vincent Tabak, was arrested by police late yesterday afternoon (20 January) in connection with Yeates’ murder.

Tabak, a neighbour of the murdered 25-year old Yeates, shared the converted basement floor at 44 Canynge Road, Bristol, which had been converted into two flats separated by a bricked-up doorway.

Following the murder investigation the consultant had been living nearby in a house with a friend where he was arrested.

BDP employee Yeates went missing on 17 December and her body was found on Christmas day.

A recently qualified landscape designer, Yeates had studied at Writtle College in Essex and with BDP’s support completed her diploma at the University of Winchester.

BDP chair Peter Drummond said her murder was ‘deeply, deeply sad’ and added: ‘She was a bright, young, enthusiastic talent.’

Avon and Somerset Constabulary have declined to confirm whether the 32-year old man being questioned over the murder is neighbour Vincent Tabak.

Readers' comments (4)

  • I do wonder about the logic behind naming individuals who have yet to be charged with an offence: First the landlord, now the flatmate...

    A family have been permanently disfigured by this brutal event - must we run the risk of increasing injury to others, by naming people as yet not convicted of any crime?

    Is architecture lacking fresh news to such a degree?

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  • I wish the media would give the profession a rest!. First they kept stating Joanna was an architect, she wasn't and now they're starting on the Dutch bloke. A news report yesterday referred to him as working for "the architect's office, Buro Happold". Their core business is engineering and the accused is not an architect either.
    This is a sad affair for all involved, there is no need to drag architects into it.
    Innocent until proven guilty?
    Accuse everyone of being an architect until you find either a victim or the guilty person?
    There was a case a couple of years ago where the murderer wasn't an architect but the press wouldn't take "no he's not" for an answer!
    Poulson wasn't an architect either, but the press still went for the profession!
    Dictators are always 'architects' of something or other. Naughty bankers are 'architects' of the recession.
    Dear AJ, can you please explain why journalists / 'the media' need to misrepresent the profession in this way continually?
    Or am I just having a bad day?

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  • Poulson wasn't an architect? Eh??

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  • Poulson wasn't a qualified architect, but he did design buildings...

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