New arrest in the case of Charlene Downes

Posted by Guessedworker on Wednesday, 02 August 2017 01:09.

Charlene Downes

On Tuesday, Lancashire Police announced that a 51 year old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Charlene Downes:

Man arrested in Charlene murder investigation

A man has this morning (Tuesday, August 1st) been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Blackpool teenager Charlene Downes.

The man, aged 51, who lived in Blackpool at the time of Charlene’s disappearance, is currently in custody.

Charlene (pictured) was just 14 years old when she was last seen in Blackpool on Saturday November 1st 2003.

A £100,000 reward remains on offer for information leading to the conviction of her killer or killers.

The investigation is one of the largest and longest running in the history of Lancashire Constabulary.

The arrest is reported, with some of the history of the case, in both the Sun and in the Daily Mail.  That in itself is a great advance on the media’s initial handling of the case, which bore all the usual editorial hallmarks of cowardice and inverted racism.

A 51-year-old man was today arrested over the murder of a 14-year-old girl feared to have been chopped up for kebab meat in 2003.

Schoolgirl Charlene Downes was last seen 14 years ago after disappearing from her home in Blackpool, Lancashire.

No trace of her has ever been found but claims have been made that her body was chopped up and went ‘into kebabs’ at a takeaway in the seaside resort.

Last month her parents, Karen and Robert, vowed to sue Lancashire Police after learning crucial CCTV footage of her last movements was sat in archives for 12 years.

But yesterday the force finally announced a major breakout in the case - one of their longest investigations - after arresting a man on suspicion of her murder.

… Charlene’s murder investigation has been dogged by problems ever since in launched.

A 2007 murder trial collapsed because of police errors and the IPCC watchdog ruled the force’s blunders mean the killer may never be found.

Last year a cold case team revisited the investigation and discovered CCTV footage of Charlene walking with her sister Rebecca on the day she vanished.

It was finally released on the 13th anniversary of her disappearance in November and again for a fresh appeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch Live Roadshow.

A few weeks ago, her mother said if it had been shown closer to the time she vanished it could have led to vital evidence from witnesses.

… On November 1, 2003 at around 3.35pm Charlene was seen on CCTV crossing the road in the town centre.

At 7.15pm, her mother gave Charlene a kiss after bumping into her and her daughter said she was going to the arcade but would not be late. She met her friend and they walked towards the Carousel bar on North Pier.

At 9.03pm Charlene is allegedly spotted on CCTV outside a Blackpool bar with a woman wearing a black coat.

On November 2, Charlene’s family reported her as missing when she failed to come home.

But it was not until 2006 that police advised Charlene’s family that she was murdered and that the case was no longer a missing person enquiry.

In 2007, Funny Boyz kebab worker Ilyad Albattikhi was acquitted of Charlene’s murder and his co-defendant Mohammed Reveshi was acquitted of helping dispose of her body.

But a planned retrial in 2008 was dropped due to lack of evidence and the forensic blunders. The two men were paid almost £250,000 each in compensation.

Covert recordings in which someone was apparently heard to say Charlene’s body had ‘gone into kebabs’ were later found to be flawed due to their handling.

The quality of the covert recordings was criticised during the trial by defence barristers as ‘poor’ with confidence ‘low’ in the accuracy of the transcriptions.

A review by the IPCC concluded the investigating team were guilty of a strategic and tactical failure in the management of the material. 

Two officers later faced disciplinary proceedings over the case, but they sued the force claiming they were scapegoated for their bosses’ failings.

In 2011, officers investigating Charlene’s appearance discover at least 60 schoolgirls were groomed for sex at takeaways in Blackpool.

Like the infamous Rochdale child abuse scandal, it is feared they were groomed in exchange for food, alcohol and cigarettes. They believe Charlene was involved.

In 2014, a Crimewatch appeal was issued and cops revealed a £100,000 reward for information.

On June 27 last year, Lancashire Police investigating Charlene’s murder arrested two men on suspicion of historic sex offences - although not specifically against Charlene.

Officers from Lancashire Police have taken more than 4,800 witness statements and followed 10,500 lines of inquiry but the case remains unsolved.

Charlene remains the most high profile of all the victims of what has become known euphemistically as “Asian grooming”.  Her case became a significant cause for the BNP, and for nationalists generally.  As yet neither the BNP website nor Nick Griffin’s British Unity site, nor even Britain First has covered the arrest, but if charges are laid they surely will.

The age of the arrested man tells us that he is neither of the two original suspects.  One hopes that, at last, Lancashire Police can redeem themselves and bring closure for Charlene’s family.



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Posted by unreleased CCTV footage could have helped. on Wed, 02 Aug 2017 06:38 | #

             
CCTV footage released last month shows Charlene with her sister Rebecca in Blackpool the day she disappeared.

The investigation has been dogged by problems ever since. A 2007 murder trial collapsed because of police errors and the IPCC watchdog ruled the force’s blunders meant the killer may never be found.

Last year a cold case team revisited the investigation and discovered CCTV footage of Charlene walking with her sister Rebecca on the day she vanished.

It was released on the 13th anniversary of her disappearance in November and again for a fresh appeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch Live Roadshow last month.

Karen (Charlene’s mother) says if it had been shown closer to the time she vanished it could have led to vital evidence from witnesses.

She told the Daily Mirror: “It is unbelievable that they have had that footage all those years and never used it.”

“It is an absolute disgrace and an insult to the memory of my dead daughter.”

Source - Sun.


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Posted by Manish Shah charged with over 100 sexual offences on Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:13 | #

Telegrahph, “East London doctor charged with 118 sexual offences”, 2 August 2017:

Police have charged a Romford man with over 100 sexual offences

  Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent

A doctor from east London has been charged with more than 100 sexual offences including abusing a child, after a major investigation by Scotland Yard detectives.

Manish Shah is accused with a total of 118 counts of assault, the Metropolitan Police said.

His charges include 65 counts of assault by penetration contrary to Section 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

He is also accused of 52 counts of sexual assault contrary to section 3 of the Act.

The 47-year-old is also charged with one count of sexual assault on a child under 13, contrary to section 7 of the Act, a police statement said last night (WED).

Detectives from the complex case unit of Scotland Yard’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are understood to have launched an investigation after allegations of sexual assault were reported in 2013.

The offences were alleged to have occurred in East London between June 2004 and July 2013 and are understood to relate to 54 separate victims.


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Posted by Guessedworker on Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:38 | #

So this new suspect is a white man, and he has been released without charge after three days of questioning:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4758876/Police-release-man-arrested-murder-Charlene-Downes.html


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Posted by Foul Pole arrested in "Black Death" abduction on Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:26 | #


Chloe Ayling was reportedly put on the black market as a sex slave - Instagram

Chloe Ayling, 20,  is the glamour model who was drugged and abducted in Italy after reportedly being duped into attending a bogus photoshoot.

Italian police say she was snatched last month by at least two men who claim to be part of dark web group Black Death, who say they sell women as sex slaves online.

The kidnapping

Miss Ayling was snatched last month by a group calling itself Black Death and is believed to have been drugged and transported in a bag to an isolated village near Turin, where she was held for six days as her captors tried to auction her online.

She described how she was drugged, handcuffed, gagged and put in a bag in the boot of a car by kidnappers before being driven off to the farmhouse where she was held captive.

“A person wearing black gloves came from behind and put one hand on my neck and one on my mouth to stop me from screaming,” she said in her statement.

“A second person wearing a black balaclava gave me an injection in my right forearm. I think I lost consciousness. When I woke up I was wearing a pink bodysuit and the socks I am wearing now.

“I realised I was in the boot of a car with my wrists and ankles handcuffed, adhesive tape on my mouth. I was inside a bag and was only able to breathe through a small hole.”

As she screamed for help she was driven 120 miles to the tiny hamlet of Borgial near the French border where they forced her to lie on the floor next to a chest of drawers and handcuffed her hands and feet to the legs, leaving her ” totally immobilised”.

She was kept handcuffed to furniture in the village of Borgial but was freed after six days and taken to the British Consulate in Milan, despite the ransom not being paid, police said.

They had taken photographs of her whilst she was unconscious which were posted on the dark web with the view to auctioning her off.

Why was she released?

According to Ms Ayling, one of her kidnappers confessed to her that they had made a mistake seizing her because she was the mother of a young child.

He said it was against the “rules” of his organisation and his superiors were angry. Afterwards they removed the cuffs from her feet and allowed her to move around the farmhouse, she said.

The captors demanded £270,000 from her agent but eventually dropped agreed to accept £50,000 and Herba took her to the British Consulate in Milan on July 17 where he was arrested.

Her captor


Photo released by police of a man identified as identified as Lukasz Pawel Herba, a Polish citizen with British residency Credit: Italian Police Photo via AP

Lukasz Pawel Herba is accused of being part of a Black Death gang which drugged and kidnapped Chloe Ayling, who had been lured to Milan on the promise of a fashion shoot.

Herba, 30, a Polish national who was living in Oldbury, in the West Midlands, told the 20-year-old glamour model as she was held prisoner in a remote farmhouse that unless her agent paid a ransom of $300,000, she would be sold as a sex slave in the Middle East.

His home in Oldbury, in the West Midlands, has been raided by British officers.

Under questioning by Italian police, he claimed he became part of the kidnapping gang because he was suffering from leukemia and desperately needed to raise half a million pounds for treatment.

He could provide no medical proof of having the illness.

He was arrested as he dropped the model off at the British Consulate in Milan on July 17.

Who are the Black Death group?

The Black Death group operates on the Dark Web and allegedly sells kidnapped women as sex slaves in online auctions.

The group was investigated in 2016 amid fears that they were selling a 15-year-old British girl in an online auction.

Europol had monitored the group’s Dark Web site of as they advertised two teenagers for auction, one of whom was under the age of consent and described as “pure”.

The auction of the 15-year-old, whose name was given as Laura, started at $750,000 and was due to take place at the end of May 2016, with the Black Death website warning that it was “fully booked”.

A second auction for a 17-year-old girl born in the UK named only as Gemma had been scheduled to take place just days earlier with a starting bid of $120,000.

The age, hair colour and measurements of both teenagers were posted alongside their auction adverts.

It is unknown whether these auctions went ahead.

Questions over shoe shopping incident

The Italian media has raised questions over the kidnapping after it was revealed the model went shoe shopping with her captor.

Newspaper La Repubblica claimed Ms Ayling burst into tears when police investigators asked her about the trip.

The newspaper reported: “That the kidnapping was real or that she was doped with ketamine is not put into question by the investigators.

“But it is also tremendously true that many details do not add up.

“Starting with a question that the police investigators suddenly asked Chloe, causing her to cry, ‘But don’t you think it is strange to go and buy shoes with your kidnapper?

“Because that also happened and, of course, the shop assistant, identified by the cops, recognized her, and recognized the person she calls MD [Herba].”

Her lawyer has called people who raised these questions “evil”, defending his client’s shoe shopping trip.

He told Radio 4’s Today programme: “She was told that she was going to be sold to somebody in the Middle East for sex.

“She was told that people were there watching her and ready to kill her if she tried anything.

“So she thought that the best idea was to go along with it and to be nice in a way to her captor because he told her that he wanted to release her somehow and sometime and she thought that the best thing to do was not to go in conflict with him.

“So she abided to his request, ‘let’s go and buy groceries’ and ‘you need shoes, let’s go buy shoes’ and she didn’t try to flee.

“But I believe she was terrified at the moment and even if she could’ve asked for help she didn’t because she was subjugated to this person, or people as she was given to understand.”

She told police she had developed a trusting relationship and even shared a bed with her kidnapper, who gave her chocolate and underwear, but she said he had not sexually assaulted her.


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Posted by UK alcohol damage mapped on Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:25 | #

Telegraph, “UK alcohol damage mapped: The areas of Britain where drink is taking heaviest toll”, 14 Sept 2017:

Hospital admissions linked to liver damage have doubled in a decade, according to new figures which show the parts of the country where alcohol is taking the heaviest toll.

People from Blackpool are nearly eight times as likely to die from liver disease as those from Norfolk, the new research reveals.

Some 30.1 per 100,000 people from the north-west town die from the condition before the age of 75. This is compared to just 3.9 per 100,000 in south Norfolk, according to data from Public Health England


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Posted by London: 14yr old raped in broad daylight on Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:52 | #

Daily Mail, “Schoolgirl, 14, is raped in London park in ‘horrendous’ broad daylight attack as police release CCTV of suspect”, 16 Sept 2017:

The attack happened in broad daylight between 9am and 1pm on September 4
 
Victim, 14, was taken to a haven and is being assisted by specialist officers

Anyone with any information should call Met Police on 07789 926065

A 14-year-old schoolgirl was raped in a park in a ‘horrendous’ daytime attack.

The teenager was assaulted by a man in a secluded area of Avery Hill Park in south east London between 9am and 1pm on September 4.

The Metropolitan Police’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are still looking for the attacker and no arrests have been made.

The victim is currently being supported by specialist officers.


The attacker (suspect pictured) is still on the loose. Met Police have released CCTV images in a bid to find him. He is believed to have raped the schoolgirl between 9am and 1pm on September 4 in a south east London park

Police described the suspect as a black man, believed to be in his 20s. He is slim with short black hair and a moustache.

He was last seen wearing sand-coloured combat trousers, dark blue shoes, and sun glasses with black round lenses and carrying a grey drawstring bag.

The Met have released CCTV images of him in a bid for information about the attack.

DC Mark Azariah from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command said: ‘This was a horrendous attack on a vulnerable girl in the middle of the day.

If you were in and around the area and saw anyone matching the description of the suspect or saw anything suspicious I would urge you to get in touch.

Likewise, if you have information about the man wanted for questioning as a result of the images released today, my team are waiting for your call.’

Any witnesses or anyone with information that could assist police are asked to call 07789 926065 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

He is described as black, in his 20s, slim, with short black hair and a moustache and was last seen wearing sand-coloured trousers and dark blue shoes.

 



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