Tomorrow sees the EDL’s Blackpool demo which is in honour of Charlene Downes.
In November 2003, 14-year-old Charlene kissed her mum goodbye and went to Blackpool’s North Pier with a friend. She was never seen again.
Although Charlene’s body was never found, kebab shop owner Iyad Albattikhi, who boasted of having sex with Charlene, and his business partner and co-accused, Mohammed Reveshi, were overheard joking with fellow takeaway employees about how she had been chopped up, and how her body “had gone into the kebabs”. She was placed in a mincing machine, “bones and all”.
Last year, although taped conversations were used as evidence, the jury failed to reach a verdict. The subsequent retrial collapsed owing to concerns over a key prosecution witness. Both men were cleared of the charges.
The case is still open.
If you are in the area, please show your support.