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CPS responds to accusations made over the Joanna Yeates murder investigation

PUBLISHED January 26, 2012

There has been widespread coverage today of allegations made by Chris Jefferies through his solicitors accusing the police and Crown Prosecution Service of leaking information to the press during the investigation of the murder of Joanna Yeates. In response to these claims, Barry Hughes, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS South West, made the following statement: ?There is no truth whatsoever in the serious allegations made against the CPS by the solicitor acting for Mr Jefferies. I am not aware of any evidence given to the Leveson inquiry to date that has suggested that any members of the CPS have leaked information to journalists. I am disappointed that a firm of solicitors should make such a serious claim without referring the matter to the CPS directly.?