28 Jan 2011


With this revolting couple renewing their media/child generated cash grabbing it is easy to see why I have always seen so much of what is pure child abusing smut in another infamous couple, Kate and Gerry may be just a little upmarket in some respects, but they are even worse.  At least the Killshaws  have not actually perfected the art of making one of their children just disappear into thin air, so they can cashin.  But they seriously neglected the four children they already had to go the States and get these twins, who were then suffering ill health with the long cold journey these two subjected them to.  How fortunate they were made Wards of Court when the Killshaws brought them back here.  Again, what a parallel!

There is something sickening  and unashamed about this lot, that even sport sham relationships?  Hands up who believes Gerry's oft repeated claim about the strength of their relationship, what is that strength built upon?  A mutual respect for mindless greed that can just ignore the depravity of using children like some little pawns in their narcissistic desire for nothing more than fame and fortune.    Kate and Gerry who got the twins to play "Hunt the Monster who stole Maddie".  Vile.

Mad, sad or just desperate for fame? Judith Kilshaw failed in her bid to adopt American twins and now wants IVF at 57

Last updated at 11:27 PM on 27th January 2011
Judith Kilshaw is hoping for the inside track on Sir Elton John’s baby son Zachary when we meet. ‘Who do you think the ­father is?’ she asks, referring to news that both ­Elton and his partner David Furnish ­‘contributed’ to the child’s conception.
‘I’m not sure whether it was David Furnish’s sperm or Elton’s,’ she continues. ‘Do you know? Perhaps it was a ­mixture of them both, but I wouldn’t have left it to chance. 
‘If you were having someone’s sperm, which one would you go for? The one with no money or the one with money? The one with talent or without talent? I know which one I’d choose.’ 
I bet she does.
Family values? Alan Kilshaw stands behind ex-wife Judith and her new husband Stephen
Family values? Alan Kilshaw stands behind ex-wife Judith and her new husband Stephen
Judith, remember, was vilified as the most hated mother in Britain after she and her former ­husband Alan paid an unscrupulous baby broker in the U.S. £8,200 to adopt six-month-old, mixed-race American twins Belinda and Kimberley, who were put up for sale on the internet.
At the time, Tony Blair called the adoption deal ‘disgusting’ and weeks after their arrival in Britain, Flintshire social services seized the twins. They were returned to the U.S. after a High Court judge annulled the adoption, branding the Kilshaws ‘media obsessed’ with no genuine concern for the twins’ welfare.
The controversial legal battle cost the couple everything — the babies, their jobs, their £230,000 farmhouse in Buckley, North Wales, and their 14-year-marriage. 
You might have thought Judith had had a stomach full of notoriety. But it seems not. Now, on the tenth anniversary of the scandal surrounding the twins — bought for the price of a Fiat Panda — Judith, 57, has decided she wants to go to Italy for IVF treatment.
‘It’s getting later and later,’ she says. ‘I think it would be nice to cement our relationship.’ By our, she means her ­relationship with her new husband Stephen Sillett, who is 13 years her junior and whom she married in April 2009. Or at least I think she means Stephen. 
To my surprise, her ex-husband is here too, in the Silletts’ cramped terrace home near Wrexham in North Wales. They are, they say, the best of friends after Alan gave Judith away at her wedding to Stephen.

'I wanted to go on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here with Christine Hamilton.'

‘I didn’t actually leave the marriage,’ says Judith. ‘We’re all here together. It’s an absolutely unique situation.’
It certainly is, but back to the IVF. Why on earth would a woman of 57, with four children from two earlier marriages, want a baby? 
‘I guess it’s my way of proving I was right all the time,’ she says. ‘The social services deemed we were not good enough to look after two girls, but we were.’ 
Oh, so I presume she was heartbroken when the little girls were taken from her. Does she miss them? 
‘No,’ says Judith. ‘Time’s moved on. They’re in America [the twins live with foster parents in a quiet ­suburb of St Louis, Missouri] and we’re in Britain. There’s no point missing them.’ 
So why IVF? Her answer is both bizarre and deeply chilling. 
‘You’ve probably got a good career, plenty of cash and your life’s sorted,’ she says. ‘Not everybody’s lives are like that. I wanted to go on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here with Christine Hamilton. 
‘We were in a question-and-answer session with the Hamiltons once. I stood up and said to her: “People often call me the poor man’s Christine Hamilton. Do they ever call you the rich man’s Judith Kilshaw?” The whole place fell about. 
‘Being in the jungle with her would have been interesting to me — or Wife Swap.’ 
Notorious: Judith and Alan Kilshaw with the twins they adopted online before social services intervened
Notorious: Judith and Alan Kilshaw with the twins they adopted online before social services intervened
What? Is Judith ­actually saying she wants a baby to forge a media career? Surely she’s pulling my leg — but, no, she’s not. She continues: ‘It’ll only happen if this case comes off.’ 
Ah yes, the case. The Kilshaws, you see, are seeking damages from their local authority Flintshire County Council for what they say is the unlawful removal of their adopted children. 
Owing to the privacy laws in cases involving children, it’s not possible to go into the exact whys and wherefores here, but suffice to say Alan has enlisted the support of his local Tory Welsh Assembly member and has a file of letters from the authority, which he claims gives weight to his charge of a cover-up. 
‘I’d like a review of the case and I’d like the irregularities that I believe went on to be looked into,’ says Alan. ‘If they’re proven to have gone on, first I’d like a high-profile apology and, secondly, it needs to be looked into how this has affected my life. It has, very seriously. 
‘It’s ruined my career [Alan, a ­housing law solicitor was struck off by The Law Society following the furore] and it’s affected my health. I now ­suffer with diabetes. One of the main causes of diabetes is stress.

'Obviously there are people from The X Factor or Big Brother who end up making media careers, and if you can get to that point that’s fine. But we didn’t have that chance.’

‘I also have high blood pressure, ­cholesterol problems, high blood sugar — a whole range of things that are all interlinked.’ So how much compensation is he seeking? Judith chips in. ‘Very much,’ she says. ‘I want £1million for me and the same for Alan.’
Stephen, who’s sitting next to Judith on an oversized leather sofa in this ­cluttered sitting room, perks up: ‘I’ve seen examples of the aggressive behaviour Judith has had to put up with. We’ve had people shout things like “childnappers” and “you’re that ’effing Kilshaw woman”. 
‘The abuse Alan and Judith have had to endure because of what’s ­happened is ­terrible. Alan’s been very affected. I feel sorry for the bloke. He’s my best friend.’
Alan continues: ‘The thing is, once the media goes away after something like this, the individual is left to pick up the pieces and that’s very hard. 
‘You find yourself in a state of limbo. Obviously there are people from The X Factor or Big Brother who end up making media careers, and if you can get to that point that’s fine. But we didn’t have that chance.’ 
He reflects for a moment. ‘I ­remember some bloke saying we were the third most highly recognised ­people in the world.’ The world? Surely not. Judith jumps in: ‘We were in an Indian restaurant in Bishop’s Castle and they got all the chefs out, the washers-up, everybody, saying: “Come and meet them. Come and meet them.” We got invited out to Bengal. 
Cause celebre: The Kilshaws hit the headlines in 2001 when they tried to adopt American twins
Cause celebre: The Kilshaws hit the headlines in 2001 when they tried to adopt American twins
‘There were thousands of letters, too. I burnt some. I got to recognise the regulars’ handwriting. But when Angelina Jolie or Madonna adopt a child, they’re put in OK Magazine and on the telly. What’s wrong with me doing it? 
‘Are you saying that if a child is in India and living on a tip, eating off a tip, working and being exploited, that’s morally better than somebody giving them a home that wants them?’
No. But come on, what sort of ­person adopts a child, or attempts IVF for that matter, as a career move?
Stephen, who also has two ­children from a previous relationship and runs his own cleaning business, interjects: ‘Tony Blair uses his children. Anyway, Judith is a very moral person. She can’t stand injustice.’
Judith nods solemnly: ‘I’m Saint Judith, patron saint of lost causes.’ Strewth. I can honestly say in 20-odd years of journalism I have never encountered such a deluded woman. 

'We didn’t ask for twins, and we didn’t specifically ask for a baby. We said we wanted a child who could be up to probably five, but we didn’t want to take someone who was 12 and settled in America.'

But the ­chilling truth is, in this bonkers age of kiss-and-tell celebrity not to mention an unregulated international baby and IVF market, she might just get what she wants. God forbid.
Judith’s saintliness, you see, doesn’t really extend to responsible ­parenting. In fact, it’s fair to say, she doesn’t seem to have a maternal bone in her body.
She already has four children, James, 17, and Rupert, 14, from her marriage to Alan, and two grown-up daughters, Louisa, 31, and her 28-year-old sister Caley. 
But she walked out on the boys five years ago to set up home with Stephen, whom she met in a ­Chester nightclub, and hasn’t spoken to her daughters in years. 
‘Oh, Caley was an absolute ­tragedy,’ she says. ‘She was spoilt to death — ­disrespectful, spoilt. Everything she saw she demanded. She had 16 horses. She’d get one horse, love it and a week later it would be too big, too fast, too small.’ 
I wonder where she is now. ‘She’s, what do you call her, an alien in America. She’s in ­Seattle as far as we know, but we don’t know for sure. I haven’t spoken to her for four years. The other one’s in Preston, or Prescott is it?’
And the boys?
 ‘I asked them if they wanted to come with me or stay with their dad. I suppose it was just ­easier for them to stay.’ 
Don’t you miss them? ‘No.’ But they’re your children. You gave birth to them. ‘Oh, James was a horrendous baby,’ she says. ‘Put Alan off babies for life, didn’t it? He never stopped crying. Rupert was better. 
‘When I was pregnant with him I thought he was a girl. I’ve actually found out the sex is decided later in the ­pregnancy. So he was a girl and he became a boy later. I don’t know how long it takes.’ 
Which is, of course, complete ­nonsense. Anyway, back to the adoption. Given her — well, let’s say lukewarm — response to motherhood, why adopt twin girls?
‘We didn’t ask for twins, and we didn’t specifically ask for a baby,’ she says. ‘We said we wanted a child who could be up to probably five, but we didn’t want to take someone who was 12 and settled in America. 
Court battle: The Kilshaws pictured at the 2001 hearing where the adoption was annulled
Court battle: The Kilshaws pictured at the 2001 hearing where the adoption was annulled
‘I wanted a sister for the boys because Alan always wished he’d had a sister. So we thought it would be nice for both of them.
‘When we heard it was twins, we thought: “Well, we might as well have two.” If you’re making one ­bottle, you can just as easily make another. 
‘Don’t forget, I had an army of people to help me — my mum, Caley, the cleaner, child minders, nannies. Yes, an army of people. I suppose a bit like Elton John.
‘When we got to San Diego to pick them up, I just felt relief. We’d flown on a tin-can plane from ­Chicago to San Diego and I’d gone deaf in my ears. We were knackered. 
‘Can you believe the birth mother wanted us to have them that night? We’d flown for 12 hours with no sleep, but she insisted.
‘She said: “They’ll be good. They won’t cry.” But they did. 
‘Alan was trying to get away from the noise by climbing into the wardrobe at one time, weren’t you? He was that tired.’
Alan nods: ‘We were accused of all kinds of things and found out once the case was ­finished that these children suffered from a condition called ­reactive attachment ­disorder, ­meaning they failed to bond with their parents.

‘When people have said: “If you had your time again is there anything you’d do ­differently?”, I’ve always said: “Yes, there’s one thing. I’d have got an agent involved. Someone like Max Clifford.'

‘They’d been passed around so much. We were accused of ­damaging them, but we couldn’t have done because they’d already been harmed.’ This is said with the lack of ­emotion that one might speak of a faulty clutch. 
So how did they feel when the babies were taken from their care?
Alan says: ‘I was angry. We paid for the facility to adopt them. We’d had a private home study [where ­private agencies rather than social workers carried out investigations into their suitability to adopt] and hadn’t done anything illegal.’ 
Following legislation brought in by the then Labour government, such private adoptions are now ­illegal in this country. 
‘I do think, though, that Judith handled some of the press badly. [She had a scuffle with a newspaper reporter.] What made me depressed is it just seemed impossible to change what people were thinking and writing. People have said to me: “Why do you keep doing stuff with the media?” The answer is I wanted them to get the real me. 
‘If the press had been decent and written what they should have ­written, everything would have been so much easier.’ 
I’m sure. So, in the interests of decent ­journalism, let’s clear up one little question. Which relationship is Judith hoping to cement with the IVF treatment? ‘IVF,’ roars Stephen. ‘That’s news to me. I don’t think I’d be ­interested in being a father.’ 
Crikey. What about you, Alan? 
‘I think once you get beyond the age of 50, you should leave it alone. It gets to the point where it gets irresponsible,’ he says — which is the first sensible thing that’s been uttered in the past two hours. 
Then he adds: ‘But never say never.’ Oh dear, haven’t these two learned any lessons in the past ten years?
‘Oh yes,’ says Alan. ‘When people have said: “If you had your time again is there anything you’d do ­differently?”, I’ve always said: “Yes, there’s one thing. I’d have got an agent involved. Someone like Max Clifford.” ’ Enough said. 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1351216/Judith-Kilshaw-Mad-sad-just-desperate-fame.html#ixzz1CJ4JEg7i

22 Jan 2011



Vincent Tabak charged with the murder of Joanna Yeates

Detectives have been questioning the Dutch national for two days and had carried out an extensive search of his flat

Vincent Tabak
Dutch national Vincent Tabak, 32, has been charged with the murder of Joanna Yeates. Photograph: Rex Features

A 32-year-old neighbour of landscape architect
 Joanna Yeates has been charged with her murder
 in Bristol at Christmas, Avon and Somerset Police said tonight.
Vincent Tabak, a Dutch architectural engineer
who was arrested on Thursday, will appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court on Monday accused of killing the 25-year-old.
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones, who led the police inquiry, said tonight: "I would like to pay
 tribute to Jo's family and Greg for their assistance
and dignity in the most difficult of circumstances."
"Their support to us has been invaluable."
Yeates' father hadsaid earlier today that his
daughter and her boyfriend Greg Reardon
had never mentioned Tabak. "As far as I know
their paths never crossed," said David Yeates.
He added: "It would be good if the person
they have arrested is the right one this time
simply because then we wouldn't have to go
through it all again. I have nothing personal
against this man – I don't know him. We are
just waiting now."
Tabak works in Bath for a company called
Buro Happold, and moved to Bristol in 2009
from Bath. Police began searching his
 property, next door to Yeates' flat, on
Thursday after setting up a tarpaulin
supported by scaffolding outside the
property in Clifton, Bristol.
Police had been granted a 30 hour
 extension to continue questioning Tabak
 in advance of their decision to charge
him yesterday. Yeates' landlord,
Chris Jefferies, was arrested on
December 30 in connection with
the murder but was later released on bail.
Yeates was last seen alive on
Friday 17 December. She left the
Ram pub near Bristol city centre,
where she had been drinking with
colleagues and walked back to her
flat, stopping at three shops. After
a search, her body was found on
a rural roadside verge three miles
from her home. She had been strangled.


Speaking from his home in Romney,
Hampshire, David Yeates told of his
 hope that the police had arrested his
daughter's killer, but said that neither
she nor the boyfriend she lived with had
 ever mentioned Vincent Tabak.
He said: "I've seen him [Mr Tabak] just the
 once, I've never spoken to him. I didn't
 know his name, I didn't know what he did.
Jo and Greg never mentioned him, they
didn't socialise. As far as I know their paths
never crossed. Their firms might have
worked together but I have no idea about that
– Jo never mentioned anything."
Mr Tabak, 32, lived with Tanja Morson, 34,
his US-born financial analyst girlfriend,
in a flat next door to the apartment which
Miss Yeates shared with her boyfriend,
Greg Reardon. The two flats in Canynge
Road, Bristol, were even connected by a
blocked-up doorway, but it has not
previously been known whether the
couples knew one another.
Mr Tabak, a Dutch architect who has
been described as quiet, studious and
 polite, was arrested at 2am on Thursday 
after police investigating the murder 
 reportedly received an anonymous 
telephone tip-off from a sobbing woman 
who had been moved by a television 
appeal by the parents of 25-year-old 
Miss Yeates.
Detectives had until late last night to
or release Mr Tabak or to apply for an
extension to his custody. If they used
their full 96 hours permitted in law to
question him, he would have to be
charged or released by early tomorrow
Officers arrested Mr Tabak in the top flat
of a converted Victorian house in Cotham,
Bristol, less than a mile away from the
murder scene in Clifton.
The flat, in Aberdeen Road, is co-owned
by Emily Williams, 31, a friend of
 Miss Morson's who has been travelling
in Chile since early this month, and her
 sister Lucy Williams, who lives in London.
Michael Williams, the father of the two
sisters, said that Mr Tabak's girlfriend
had been anxious to move out of her
own flat because of its proximity to the
scene of the unsolved murder.
Speaking at his home in Magor, south
Mr Williams told The Sunday Telegraph:
"I know Emily was friends with Tanja.
She worked with her a couple of years
ago at Dyson. I don't know her circle of
friends but I know of Tanja. Emily said
Tanja was in the flat next door to
Joanna Yeates. She mentioned
Tanja and her boyfriend.
"I know Tanja said that Joanna was 
murdered and she didn't want to go back
 to her flat. Emily told me this before she went to Chile."
One neighbour in Canynge Road 
said she thought she had last seen 
Mr Tabak and Miss Molson "a few weeks 
ago", in contrast with earlier reports that 
she had not been seen in the area for 
months and that the couple may have 
split up.Mr Tabak was often seen 
cycling in the Clifton area. Another 
neighbour said she was not aware 
that he had a car, adding: "I think he 
cycles to Clifton Down train station on 
his way to work in Bath."
Mr Tabak's arrest followed the filming
of a BBC Crimewatch reconstruction,
 due to be screened on Wednesday,
and an emotional appeal by Miss Yeates'
 parents, David, 63, and Theresa, 58.
Both events have prompted over 300
calls from the public.
In the appeal, the bereaved couple
said: "If you know something and do
not come forward you are consciously
hampering the apprehension of Jo's
killer and the perpetrator is still free.
You will also be prolonging the torment of
Jo's family and friends."
The arrest as just the latest twist in
Operation Braid, the police code name
 for the murder investigation.
Relatives of Mr Tabak yesterday
told this newspaper that they are
convinced he is not a murderer.
Speaking at her home in Doornenburg,
near Arnhem, Pauline Tabak, the suspect's
sister-in-law, said: "He is a kind, friendly,
intelligent guy. He is well-educated and
has a good family and a good job. He is
not capable of murdering anybody –
absolutely not. He is a sweet, gentle
"We can't say any more until Vincent
gives us more information that he wants
 us to pass on. But there is no way he
murdered that young woman. We are
totally convinced that he is innocent."
Tabak's brother, Marcek, who is
separated from Pauline but lives
nearby, also said Vincent Tabak was
innocent. "I am shocked that he has
been accused of murder," he said.
"He is a nice man. They have got
the wrong guy."
Local people in the Clifton area of
Bristol also said they were surprised by
 the development. Mandy Golledge,
who runs The Mall Newsagent in
Clifton, said she was stunned by
the arrest and described Tabak as
"Him and his girlfriend are a nice couple,"
she said. "They often came in on a
Saturday for the paper.
"He seems like a very gentle, nice man.
I haven't seen them recently but then 
 locals have said he's been away since 
before Christmas.
"It's a bit of a shock, as everyone
who has been in the frame is a
customer of mine."
Since Mr Tabak's arrest on Thursday,
 another witness claims to have 
heard cries from the building 
where Miss Yeates lived on the 
night she was arrested. A 
 resident in a building directly 
behind 44 Canynge Road has 
told police he heard a woman 
screaming "Help me" on the 
night Miss Yeates went missing.
Miss Yeates was last seen on the
evening of Dec 17 when she left the
Ram pub in the centre of Bristol at
around 8pm after drinking with friends,
to walk the 20-minute journey home
to Clifton. Around 8.30 she is known
to have used her mobile phone to ring
her best friend Rebecca Scott and
arrange to meet on Christmas Eve.
Ten minutes later she stopped at a
Tesco Express on Regent Street in
Clifton, around a quarter of a mile
from her home, where she bought
a pizza. Police have since revealed
that Miss Yeates did not eat the
pizza, and the wrapping and the
box are still missing.
She then visited an off-licence to
buy some cider before returning to
her flat. A receipt from Tesco was
found in the flat along with a cream
-coloured coat she had been wearing
and her mobile phone and keys.
Mrs Yeates was officially reported
missing by her boyfriend on Dec 19
after he returned to Bristol from a
weekend away visiting relatives in
Over the next five days Mr Reardon
and Miss Yeates' parents made a
series of appeals for information,
 before dog walkers discovered her
frozen body on Christmas Day.
Three days later an autopsy confirmed
that Miss Yeates died of strangulation.
 On Dec 29, it was reported that
Chris Jefferies, 65, her landlord,
who lived in the same block of flats,
saw her leave her home with two
people on the night she disappeared.
He later denied the sighting.
The following day, Mr Jefferies was
arrested at his house at 7am on
suspicion of murdering Miss Yeates
and was taken to a police station for
questioning. Detectives were
subsequently granted more time to
question him after it emerged that he
helped Mr Reardon to start his car just
hours before his girlfriend vanished.
A day later Mr Jefferies was released
on police bail and detectives publicly
 warned women not to walk home
alone after dark, stating that the killer
remained at large.
On January 5th, police announced that
Miss Yeates' body was found with a
 missing sock and also revealed that
she was not wearing boots or coat
but that these were found at her
home in Bristol.
Two weeks later on Jan 21 it was
reported that traces of DNA were
found on the victim's breast, stomach
and jeans and are thought to be from
her attacker's saliva. The DNA profiles
may be able to rule out suspects but
may not be sufficient to link them to a
specific individual.

21 Jan 2011


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.

Vincent Tabak met Tanja Morson in 2008
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Vincent Tabak met Tanja Morson in 2008 
Neighbours said that Mr Tabak had not been at his flat since Miss Yeates's murder. Others said they had seen him collecting belongings from the property in Canygne Road this week.
Teams of forensic officers were examining Mr Tabak's basement flat, which used to be connected by an interior door – since blocked up – to the property where Miss Yeates lived with her boyfriend, Greg Reardon.
Mr Tabak's British girlfriend, Tanja Morson was helping police with their inquiries.
Police were focusing their investigation on the garden at the back of the large converted building, which they had draped with a tarpaulin.
Mr Tabak, who has lived in Britain for three years, was the second man to be arrested in connection with Miss Yeates's death after her landlord, Chris Jefferies, was questioned and released on bail last month.
Last night, police said the landlord remained a suspect.
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. 

10 Jan 2011


Paedophile Colin Blanchard was 'a perfect conman'

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When Colin Blanchard received a text telling him the police were waiting for him at Manchester Airport he tried to thrust his laptop, memory stick and mobile phone on a complete stranger.
Images of the most serious levels of child sex abuse were stored on his hardware. He knew it was enough for him to be imprisoned for a long time.
The 40-year-old paedophile from Rochdale, the "lynchpin" of a web of child sex abuse, has been given an indeterminate jail sentence, and told he will serve at least nine years, for a string of sexual assaults on a child and distributing indecent images of children.
He has finally been sentenced after a year-and-a-half of revelations focusing on four female paedophiles, a nursery and dozens of little children.
The businessman was first arrested when his plane touched down at Manchester after a trip to Abu Dhabi in June 2009.
'A nutter' A business associate had contacted the police after finding images of child sex abuse - many of the most serious kind - on his e-mail account.
Det Con Paul Hatton from Greater Manchester Police's child abuse investigation unit was one of the first to interview him.
"He was a nutter. He seemed so cocky and self-assured," he said.
"When you were talking to him he came across as the perfect conman, if it wasn't for the reams of evidence we had against him we could have believed him."
Colin Blanchard's phone and laptop His hardware held images of child abuse and pornography
Blanchard appeared to be a successful family man with a flourishing business in IT sales.
He lived in a four-bedroomed home in Springwood, Rochdale with his wife and daughter.
His friends and business associates had no reason to suspect that this was a man who gained sexual gratification from the most horrific abuse of young children.
"I could clearly see how he ingratiated himself into these women's lives, he was so cool, calm and collected and came across as extremely confident," Det Con Hatton said.
"These women" refers to the four paedophiles with whom he shared photographs of abuse: Tracy Lyons, a mother-of-nine from Portsmouth; Angela Allen, a former prostitute from Nottingham; Tracy Dawber, a Southport care worker; and Vanessa George, a nursery worker from Plymouth.

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All of them communicated with Blanchard over the internet, all of them abused children and all of them sent their pictures to him.
But he told detectives that he was the one that "wanted out", he was the one being used and exploited by them.
"It was clear he wasn't," Det Con Hatton said. "But we kept up with the charade so we could build a rapport with him.
"We led him to believe that he was being the cunning one, so he would regain his confidence and eventually trip himself up."
And he did.
"Several times, when we presented the evidence to him - pictures we had found, e-mails we had read, he had to own up and say, 'yes I was lying'.
Vanessa George (top left), Colin Blanchard (middle) Angela Allen (top right), Tracy Lyons (bottom left) and Tracy Dawber (bottom right) Blanchard was described as the "lynchpin" of the child abuse ring
"But he never offered more than the evidence we presented to him."
At one stage, over that intense weekend of questioning, Blanchard began to get upset.
"He did start to get distressed as we began to present him with more and more evidence. I think it was just crocodile tears.
"He told us he was abused as a young boy. He said he never looked into the eyes of his abuser while it was going on.
"He said this had made him want to look into the eyes of a child to see what they look like while they are being abused. It was at that point he became emotional."
Moors murderers Det Con Hatton does not know whether the story of abuse is true, but he said: "I certainly do not want to think about him being a victim in all this."
When police and forensics experts searched Blanchard's home, they heard a knock on the door. It was the bailiffs.
Blanchard was practically bankrupt. Even though he tried to maintain he was a mortgage advisor, as well as being an IT salesman, he could no longer afford the payments on his own property.
"He is a man that owned nothing but owed everything.
"His family have been destroyed by his sick actions. He is one of the worst criminals I have ever come across.
"The severity of what he did, the number lives he has affected, you only need to talk to the families of his victims to know they will never recover.
"His crimes will stick in the mind of this generation, much like the Moors murderers did in the 1960s."