Becky Watts
The stepbrother of Becky Watts has been remanded in custody on suspicion of her murder

The family of murdered teenager Rebecca Watts have expressed their despair at the cruel and inhumane way" in which she was taken from them.

The 16-year-old had been missing from her Bristol home since 19 February. Following a massive hunt involving teams from six counties, search dogs and a helicopter, police discovered her mutilated body at a Barton Court home.

Avon and Somerset arrested a further five people at the address last night - three men and two women - on suspicion of assisting a crime.

Reading an emotional statement, her uncle Sam Galsworthy said they were determined to "reclaim Rebecca's dignity".

"It was a most undignified end to a beautiful life full of promise," said Mr Galsworthy. Addressing the perpetrators who had committed the heinous murder, he said: "You will forever suffer the consequences of your actions."

Commenting on the ongoing ordeal of her grieving family he said: "As her family, it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. But we know it is there. The support from family, friends and the nation will help us find that light."

Mr Galsworthy said the teenager would "live on in the hearts of all of us" and that "eventually, as a community, we will lay her to rest with the utmost respect and love".

Rebecca's step-brother, Nathan Matthews, 28, has been remanded in custody charged with her murder. He appeared at a short hearing at Bristol Magistrates' Court where he spoke only to confirm his identity and address. He will appear via video link on 6 March.

Shauna Hoare, of the same address, made a brief appearance and was also remanded until a hearing on 2 April. The 21-year-old is charged with intending to pervert the course of justice.

Two fundraising pages to help Becky's family pay for her funeral have so far received almost £9,000 in donations.