Who murdered Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers?
PAIGE Chivers was murdered. Paige Chivers vanished in Blackpool, Lancashire, back on August 2007. She was 15. Was she murdered, like police say Charlene Downes was? Was the Bispham the victim of a killer who prays on underage teenage girls?
The NoTW’s Fabulous mag wrote:
Paige regularly visited local fast-food outlets, and detectives suspect she was another victim of sexual grooming, exploitation – and murder.
Suspect. But not a shred of proof. The police have evidence of only one fact: Paige Chivers is missing. But fingers are being pointed. “Paki Alley.” Paedos. Predators. The talk is of “another murder”. But what murders have there been in Blackpool’s fast food Mecca? None.
The Mail wrote in 2001:
At least 60 schoolgirls were groomed for sex by workers at seedy takeaways linked to the murder of a 14-year-old girl.
Children as young as 11 were targeted by mainly Asian staff at fast food outlets in Blackpool. They were offered food, alcohol and cigarettes in return for sexual favours.
But murder? And why have there been no convictions for these heinous crimes? Why if these are facts and the area is such an obvious of crime and child exploitation did the police make such a hash of their investigation into Charlene Downes? The police did not keep all avenues open. The police had their targets - the wrong ones.
(Paige Chivers has a Playgirl tattoo on the back of her neck and a tribal tattoo across her lower back.)
Det Supt Dermott Horrigan declares:
“Lancashire Police keeps all cases under continuing review and has taken the decision based on the evidence available and length of time that Paige has been missing. We remain committed to finding out the truth about what has happened to Paige.”
Police have tried to coax Paige Chivers to show herself. Her mother died. When she turned 18, Paige Chivers was due to inherit a sizeable sum of money.
There is a £12,000 reward for information on her.
Over the years, police have made four arrests on suspicion of Paige’s murder. But all have been freed without charge.
August 23 2007: Paige Chivers is seen boarding a bus in Bispham. The bus is heading to Blackpool.
Jan 4, 2008: Jeremy Kyle makes an appeal for Paige to come home.
Jan 2008: A 53-year-old man and 19-year-old woman are arrested of suspicion of murder.
May 2008: There are reports of sightings in Sutton.
September 2008: Paige’s father Francis Chivers is arrested for smashing a window with a hammer and damaging brickwork at the home of his fiancee Lorraine Hainsworth.
Chivers, 44, of Collins Avenue, Bispham, admitted causing damage, possessing cannabis and failing to answer bail when he appeared before Blackpool magistrates.The former roofer also pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol while disqualified and without insurance. It happened when the couple’s wedding was called off a day before the ceremony was due to take place.
Sept 22, 2008:
THE father of missing teenager Paige Chivers has been jailed after attacking his new wife only three days after their wedding. Frank Chivers also grabbed his 15-year-old step-daughter by the throat and pinned her to a wall. The 44-year-old roofer, of Collins Avenue, Bispham, admitted two counts of assault when he appeared before Blackpool magistrates. He also pleaded guilty to damaging his wife’s home, possessing cannabis, failing to answer bail and driving with excess alcohol while disqualified without insurance. Magistrates were told how, on September 3, Chivers married Lorraine Williams
December 2008: Paige;s father, step-mother and step-sister write open letters begging Paige to come home.
Feb 2009: 40-year-old murder suspect released on police bail.
May 2009: police say Paige could be working on fairgrounds.
December 2009: A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering missing Blackpool teen Paige Chivers.