Murdered Joanna 'left flat with two people'

Detectives were investigating today whether murder victim Joanna Yeates was seen leaving her flat with two people on the night she disappeared.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed they were talking to Miss Yeates' landlord, who reportedly saw her leaving the flat in Clifton, Bristol, with two people.

"We are talking to the landlord and it is a line of inquiry," a force spokesman said.

Chris Jefferies, 65, reportedly saw three people leaving her property on December 17 shortly after 9pm - not long after Miss Yeates, 25, arrived home alone - as he parked his car in Canynge Road.

Speaking outside his home, Mr Jefferies denied he had told police he saw Miss Yeates leaving with two unidentified people.

"It is a serious distortion of what I said to the police and I have no further comment to make as that, no doubt, will be distorted," he said.

Earlier, he told Sky News: "I made some comment which was very, very, very much vaguer than that.

"Anything that I have said I have said to the police and I'm not prepared to make any comments to the media."

He added: "I definitely cannot say that I saw Joanna Yeates that evening. No."

Neighbour Liz Lowman, who lives on the opposite side of the road from Miss Yeates' flat with her husband Ray, said Mr Jefferies told her the three people were coming out of a communal entrance to the mansion house.

"These people were leaving through the communal entrance," she said.

"Unfortunately, we didn't hear or see anything.

"I don't think there was a party that night as I would have heard the music and we heard nothing and we were in all evening."

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