Whether both of these men were involved in the murder, concealment and disposal of lovely Jo on Longwood Lane, who knows really, but one thing seems clear, the police know what they are doing and are very near to cracking this terrible case. My heart goes out to Jo's mum, dad, brother and her boyfriend, Greg.
Man next door arrested over Joanna Yeates murder
Vincent Tabak, 32, was arrested by police at the house of a friend a mile from the flat he shared with his girlfriend in Clifton, Bristol.
The apparent breakthrough in the case came more than a month after Miss Yeates went missing after walking home from a city centre pub on Dec 17.
The 25-year-old's frozen body was found dumped on a remote country lane a few miles outside Bristol on Christmas Day.
Her parents, David and Teresa Yeates, were awoken at their home in Hampshire at 6am on Wednesday to be told of the latest development, which they welcomed.
Mr Tabak, who has a PhD in design, works for Buro Happold, an engineering design consultancy based in Bath.
A police van was parked outside the premises and detectives were believed to be searching offices and computers.
Avon and Somerset Police refused formally to confirm Mr Tabak's arrest but all inquiries to his place of work were referred to the force, as were calls to the Dutch embassy in London. There was no answer on his mobile phone.
The early morning arrest took place in a Victorian terrace property in Aberdeen Road, Clifton.
Throughout the day, forensic officers loaded three wheelie bins and a mountain bike from the address into an unmarked white Transit van.
Emily Williams, 31, a friend of Mr Tabak's, is registered as living at the block of flats but she has been in Chile. Her father, Michael, seemed perplexed about the police activity at the building. "She's lived in Bristol for about seven years," he said. "She doesn't have a boyfriend and I don’t know why he [Mr Tabak] would have been at her place.”
Mr Tabak was believed to have gone back to his home town of Eindhoven over Christmas and has only recently returned. He started a relationship with Miss Morson in 2008 and the pair moved in together the following year.
Miss Morson works as a financial analyst for Dyson in Malmesbury, Wilts.
Her father, Geoffrey, said Mr Tabak had been to their family home in Cambridge several times.
“Tanja has known Vincent for a considerable time, several years I would say,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “I’ve met him a few times and always found him to be a fine young man.
Mr Morson, a Canadian, said he was interested to hear that an arrest had been made and was “keen to see British justice take its course for the terrible crime that had been committed”.
“I have huge faith in British law and like the rest of the British public I am interested to see the outcome of this case,” he added.
His wife, Elisabeth, described Mr Tabak as “lovely”.
Mr Tabak completed his PhD in User Simulation of Space Utilisation at the Eindhoven University of Technology in 2008 after five years of research. A year earlier he had joined Buro Happold, working on 3D software modelling for buildings to assess how people move around them.
Green tarpaulin was draped around the back of his flat in Canynge Road yesterday. The two-bedroom property, which he and Miss Morson rent from Chris Jefferies, has a door at the back and on the side of the building.
The tarpaulin also stretched across the back of Miss Yeates’s home, covering where her bedroom was located.
According to a floor plan of the property, there was an interior door between the two flats joining two of the bedrooms, which has since been blocked up. The investigation into Miss Yeates’s murder is one of the most high-profile cases handled by Avon and Somerset Police, with an estimated 80 officers working on it.
The 25-year-old landscape architect was last seen on CCTV after leaving friends at the Bristol Ram pub on Dec 17. On her way home, she stopped at Tesco to buy a pizza, which has never been recovered, and bought two bottles of cider in her local off-licence.
Her boyfriend raised the alarm two days later when he returned from a weekend with family in Sheffield. Her keys, coat, purse and mobile phone were still in the flat.
Miss Yeates’s fully-clothed body, minus one ski sock, was found covered in snow on Longwood Lane, near Failand, on Christmas Day.
A Crimewatch reconstruction of her last movements was filmed earlier this week and was due to be broadcast on Wednesday.
Police said they had received more than 300 calls in relation to her murder.
Det Ch Insp Phil Jones, the senior investigating officer, thanked Miss Yeates’s family and boyfriend.