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The police failed Charlene Downes with incompetence and ‘lies’

by | 23rd, December 2011

WE do not know what happened to Charlene Downes, the 14-year-old child who disappeared for Blackpool, Lancashire, in 2003. We do know that DS Jan Beasant bugged the home of Blackburn man Iyad Albattikhi. We know of paedophile gangs .

Mr Albattikhi, the boss of Funny Boyz takeaway, Dickson Road, Blackpool, was accused of the murder of Charlene Downes.

Much later, Iyad Albattikhi, 31, was formally cleared of Charlene’s murder and Mohammed Raveshi, 51, a foster father and ex-social services worker, was acquitted of helping to dispose of her body.

Iyad Albattikhi, a Jordanian, and Mohammad Raveshi, originally from Iran, were sent to trial despite a lack of physical evidence.

Mohammed Reveshi was accused of assisting Albattikhi and his conversations were secretly recorded in his car and home under DS Beasant’s operation.

The jury at the original 2007 trial were told it was inconceivable Charlene Downes was still alive.

The Lancashire Telegraph notes:

A 2009 Independent Police Complaints Commission report identified a ‘series of failings’.

The police did not keep proper records. They did not transcribe their covert tapes fully. More than 52 audio tapes took Detective Sergeant Jan Beasant 2,400 hours to transcribe over a two-year period. In one tape, Mr Reveshi, allegedly said the words eat the body ”. The two men allegedly said that Charlene Downes had gone into kebabs ”. But when the first case collapsed the jury failed to reach a verdict on

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