POLICE have handed an harassment warning notice to the mother of missing schoolgirl Charlene Downes after she distributed leaflets about the two men acquitted of killing her daughter and disposing of her body.
But Karen Downes has refused to sign the order and says she would rather “put herself in prison” than agree to the notice.
The 46-year-old said: “I’m very upset. I’m Charlene’s mother and I should be allowed to peacefully protest.
“I’m entitled to make my point of view.
“I won’t sign it. I will put myself in prison for this.
“There is no way I will sign this, they can arrest me.”
Mrs Downes was with a group of friends when she handed out leaflets implicating Iyad Albattikhi and Mohammed Reveshi in her daughter’s disappearance.
The St George’s High School pupil has not been seen since November 2003 when she disappeared, aged 13.
Iyad Albattikhi and Mohammed Reveshi, owners of the former Funny Boyz takeaway on Dickson Road, were arrested as part of the murder investigation.
Mr Albattikhi was accused of murder and Mr Reveshi was charged with helping dispose of a body but both denied ever meeting Charlene. They were later acquitted of all charges.
Mrs Downes admitted posting leaflets through letterboxes on St Chad’s Road and handed others out on the Promenade.
The harassment notice was posted through Mrs Downes’ home on George Street, Blackpool, when she refused to speak to the police.
She added: “I wouldn’t speak to them, I was so angry.
“I think it is a disgrace.”
The harassment notice requests Mrs Downes does not communicate with Mr Albattikhi or Mr Reveshi by letter, telephone or computer.
She has been asked not to enter Mad About Chicken on Talbot Road, Cafe Express Shop, on St Chad’s Road, and Yum Yum Fish and Chips Shop, on the Promenade.
Mrs Downes has also been told she should not distribute or send leaflets which contain references to Mr Albattikhi or Mr Reveshi.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police confirmed: “A 46-year-old woman from Blackpool has been issued with an harassment order following the distribution of a number of leaflets in the Blackpool area relating to the on-going Charlene Downes murder investigation.”
Mrs Downes will now take part in a ‘Justice for Charlene’ event in Blackpool.
She added: “There will be a demo at 12pm on Saturday, June 9.
“We’ll be starting from Yates’s pub in South Shore.
“All we want is justice for Charlene.”