Extra time to quiz Yeates suspect

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Police have been granted extra time to question landlord Chris Jefferies

Police have been granted extra time to question the landlord of Joanna Yeates, who is being held on suspicion of her murder.

Officers can now quiz Chris Jefferies until around 6pm on Friday when they have the option of applying for a further extension.

Retired public school teacher Mr Jefferies, 65, was arrested on Thursday at his flat directly above the basement Victorian property he rented to the 25-year-old landscape architect and her boyfriend Greg Reardon, 27.

The bachelor’s arrest came just 24 hours after he claimed he had seen three people leave Miss Yeates’ flat in Canynge Road, in the upmarket area of Clifton, Bristol, on the night she vanished.

Neighbours have described Mr Jefferies, who sports a distinctive mane of straggly white hair, as a “nutty professor type” who was active in his community – playing a prominent role in his local Neighbourhood Watch group.

He taught English at Clifton College, just yards from his flat, from the early 1970s before taking early retirement in 2001.

A spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset police said the extension was applied for and granted at around midnight on Thursday.

The 12-hour extension was granted by a senior police officer.

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