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Baby P’s Mum Tracey Connelly Is Free: But Why Did The Sun And David Cameron Let Police Evade Justice?

by | 15th, November 2013


PETER Connelly’s mother is free from prison. Tracey Connelly is pout of prison six years after the death of her 17-month-old son. The Sun calls her a “beat”. It says he is “evil”. She is the “monster mum”.

Tracey Connelly is said to have had “barely a care in the world as she popped out shopping from her bail hostel”.

She went to a supermarket. The Sun adds the peculiar fact: “She walked into town and nipped into supermarket Aldi, passing Christmas ad posters outside.”

In a story about one fact let’s get her the Sun is padding it out with news of things she walked past. And lest you have missed the woman now living in a bail hostel,  the Sun finds an “onlooker” to tell readers: “She had a shopping bag on her shoulder and looked like she was really enjoying herself. No one clocked her in the supermarket in fact they barely gave a second look. They’d no idea they were exchanging glances with one of Britain’s most notorious criminals.”

And then it gets more peculiar. The mentally negligible woman was imprisoned for causing or allowing 17-month-old Peter’s death while she shacked up with lunatics and passed her time browsing filth on the web.

Now she is out in the “sunshine in a North of England city”. Is the Sun saying she should only be allowed outside when it’s not sunny?

After that, the Sun employs no fewer than two writers – JIM CLARKE and NEIL JONES to appraise her sense of fashion:

She wore trendy glasses and her once greasy jet-black hair had been dyed brunette in a bid to soften her image.

They look a lot like NHS specs to us. And the hair is pulled back in a bun.

Connelly was given a new name but not a new identity after her top-secret release from Durham’s Low Newton jail. She will remain on licence for life and, if she breaches parole, can be returned to prison at any time.

The Sun then reminds us of the details:

Peter’s death — after months of abuse at the hands of stepdad Steven Barker and his brother Jason Owen — shocked Britain. The defenceless mite had suffered 50 injuries, been to hospital several times, and was on the child protection register.

This is, of course, the Sun that called for social workers to be sacked and monstered Haringey social services head Sharon Shoesmith. She was unfairly sacked by the tabloid-compliant Ed Balls, the then children’s minister.


The Sun continues to target social workers, noting:

Professionals including health and social workers made 60 visits to his grim home in Tottenham, North London, before he died.

And police. What about the police? No mention of them in the trusty Sun . Why not? The social workers stuffed up. The medics missed the chance to0 help the child. But what about the police? Why was there no blood on their hands?


In December 2006, Tracey Connelly was arrested after bruises are spotted on the boy’s face and chest by a GP. What did the police do? Private Eye  magazine says police failed to take photos and visit the house to photograph the scene. They kept no notes of conversations with the mother. It took them a week to photograph the boy’s injuries.

* The Crown Prosecution Service asked police to get an independent medical review of the toddler’s injuries and a specialist was identified to carry it out. But nothing happened, because the detective in charge was suddenly transferred to another section in the Metropolitan police without formally handing the case over to another officer. This was a clear breach of standard operating procedures.

The case review found:

“The delay in completing the 2006 investigation meant that the CPS, after six months, lost the option to charge an identified perpetrator with common assault … This might have made it more likely that all the subsequent incidents were reported to the police and that arguably the child might have been more effectively safeguarded.”

In April 2007,  Peter was back in hospital with more injuries. The next month, Connelly was once more arrested. Police did not speak with Connelly’s older children. They

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