an excellent summary, Columbo.regarding the sightings of cars and 4x4s
it appears to be accepted that VT does not own a car
and there is speculation to whether he had access to cars of friends or neighbours
there is also the sightings of various cars in the Failand area
however these sightings need closer examination as they do effect the time line and the case against him
1) the light coloured 4 x 4
On the night Miss Yeates went missing it was the Captain's Dinner at Long Ashton Golf Club, attended by about 80 men and women.
Two members were about to drive home when they saw a light-coloured 4x4 car pull into the entrance at about 11.20pm.
Caught on CCTV, the driver appeared to notice the key-code operated barriers and hastily did a U-turn before speeding off in the direction of Longwood Lane, which is only about 100 yards away.
now assuming that this was the car that vt is alleged to have used then using a timing of 11 minutes max to get to the golfclub from Canynge Road
and presumably time to place the body / bag in the car that would give a departure time from Canynge Road of 11pm latest
It has been reported the cctv on the bridge is not clear before 12 midnight when the lights are switched off
Could the vehicle thus be identified? was this the vehicle at all?
I believe the following reports are more probable for the identity of the car
the tradesmans car
Officers are also trying to trace a silver saloon car left parked in the middle of the road outside Miss Yeates’s flat hours after she was last seen alive.
Neighbours reported the vehicle in the early hours of December 18. Other cars had to mount the pavement to pass around it.
The car, believed to belong to a tradesman because it had tools and light bulbs on the seats, was moved before 10am but nobody saw the driver.
Officers say the owner might have had trouble in the snow which fell that night and they want to eliminate him or her from their investigation.
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the mysterious car
A mysterious car was seen being driven slowly up and down Longwood Lane on the day after Joanna Yeates was last seen alive.
A couple became suspicious when the vehicle passed them three or four times on the morning of Saturday, December 18, the Evening Post can reveal.
They reported what they saw to police, not knowing 25-year-old architect Miss Yeates had gone missing from her Clifton flat the night before, and would be found dead on the side of the same road near Failand a week later, on Christmas morning.
the cctv evidence ?
Police have been holding dramatic CCTV evidence that they believe shows the car in which they believe Miss Yeates’s body was being taken to be disposed of just hours after she was murdered.
The evidence captures what detectives believe to be the car containing her body being driven over Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol the morning after the killing of landscape architect Miss Yeates, on its way to dumping her body three miles away in a lane in nearby Failand.
The images were caught by cameras on the bridge on December 18, the day after Miss Yeates, 25, vanished. It is understood that Avon and Somerset Police have had the footage for three weeks.
Detectives interviewed the owner of the car earlier this month but eliminated him at that stage.
A source close to the investigation told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The investigation changed dramatically three weeks ago after this new CCTV footage came to light.
‘The discovery of this car driving over the bridge shifted the case’s dynamics.
'Before this breakthrough the investigation was close to hitting a brick wall. They had interviewed Miss Yeates’s landlord but nothing materialised from it and there was no concrete evidence linking him in any way to the murder.
‘It appears he had brought himself under suspicion by making a series of comments which now appear to be irrelevant and innocuous. There was no case against him.’
Thank you very much indeed.
Still think you are/have been in the force....?