14 year old Charlene Downes disappeared on November 1st, 2003. She was seen leaving her home to meet a friend at an arcade in Blackpool. Police have long suspected that Charlene was the victim of a sex ring that targeted younger girls, grooming them with cigarettes, drugs and alcohol in return for sexual favours. In 2007 a murder trial had fallen apart due to police errors, leading the Independent Police Complaints Commision (IPCC) to rule that the force’s own mistakes could result in the killer never being found. Two kebab shop owners were arrested and charged with murdering Charlene and disposing of the body and in a recording the shop owner could be heard saying “I killed her, I killed a girl ... I was just angry.” The owner was also heard saying ”There is nothing left of her. She was here, she died, there really is nothing” he had also joked that Charlene had been "chopped up and put into kebabs"
On the day she disappeared, her Mother had bumped into her in the town centre at around 7 and had gave her a kiss. Charlene had told her that she was going to the arcade with her friend and wouldn't be late home. At 9:03 pm Charlene is allegedly seen on CCTV outside a Blackpool bar with a woman wearing a long black coat. The following day Charlene's parents reported her missing when she failed to come home. In 2006 the case had changed to a murder inquiry. Officers investigating Charlene's disappearance discovered that at least 60 schoolgirls had been groomed for sexual purposes at takeaways in Blackpool in exchange for food, alcohol and cigarettes and they believed that Charlene was involved. Fly high, Charlene.
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