Full statement by Joanna Yeates' boyfriend, Greg Reardon

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JOANNA YEATES' boyfriend, 27-year-old Greg Reardon, has issued a statement about his late partner.

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''Jo loved it by Bristol's harbourside and found great joy in the local rowing club and evenings out overlooking the water.

''The memory of Jo will always be with me as I look across the harbour and remember our unforgettable and special times together.

''Jo was a beautiful woman, beautiful in mind, body and soul. She had a great career ahead of her as a landscape architect and would have achieved a great many more things in her life if only she was given the chance.

''I will always love her.

''My never-ending thanks go out to those who showed so much love for Jo in the events following her disappearance and, after dropping everything, from all corners of the country took to the streets of Bristol to campaign for her to be found safe and well.

''Sadly this wasn't the outcome we had all hoped for but we all, Jo's dear friends and family, now celebrate the life of one of the most lovely and genuine people to grace this Earth.

''Many people have approached us wishing to make a donation to charity in Joanna's memory.

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''If you feel you'd like to give something back in Jo's name, I have set up a donation web page - www.justgiving.com/joannayeates.

''This will allow you to show support and appreciation for the Missing People charity that were so helpful in the campaign to find Jo following her disappearance.

''Missing People help reunite broken families with loved ones who run away or are snatched from the arms of those dearest by tragedy or social problems.

''Missing People offer a lifeline for the 250,000 people who run away and go missing each year.

''For those left behind, they search and provide specialised support to end the heartache and confusion at such difficult times.

''Jo's life was cut short tragically but the finger-pointing and character assassination by social and news media of as yet innocent men has been shameful.

''It has made me lose a lot of faith in the morality of the British Press and those that spend their time fixed to the internet in this modern age.

''I hope in the future they will show a more sensitive and impartial view to those involved in such heart-breaking events and especially in the lead-up to potentially high-profile court cases.

''I hope you all have a happy new year. We look out into 2011 with a fresh approach to life in Jo's memory and hope that, for her sake, justice is found swiftly.''

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5:59pm Thu 20 Jan 11

Norwegian Saint says...

A lovely statement, may you be able to continue your life with the precious memories of Jo.
Thoughts from Norway
A lovely statement, may you be able to continue your life with the precious memories of Jo. Thoughts from Norway Norwegian Saint
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6:18pm Thu 20 Jan 11

Sotonianman says...

The Echo does not mention the other part of his statement about the press and character assasination

Police questioned Jefferies (the landlord) for three days, before releasing him on bail on Jan. 1. The following day, Yeates' boyfriend Reardon released a statement condemning the "British press" for their coverage of the case, saying they were responsible for the "character assassination" of an "as yet innocent" man. The press release received little coverage in the U.K's tabloid papers.

I think Greg Reardon is a bigger person than those who report such stories to sell papers and the public who feed of them.
The Echo does not mention the other part of his statement about the press and character assasination Police questioned Jefferies (the landlord) for three days, before releasing him on bail on Jan. 1. The following day, Yeates' boyfriend Reardon released a statement condemning the "British press" for their coverage of the case, saying they were responsible for the "character assassination" of an "as yet innocent" man. The press release received little coverage in the U.K's tabloid papers. I think Greg Reardon is a bigger person than those who report such stories to sell papers and the public who feed of them. Sotonianman
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