Charlene Downes

Charlene Downes Murder: a timeline of the key developments

Charlene Downes was born in March 1989 and moved to Blackpool with her family from the West Midlands when she was 10 years old. Then, she disappeared.

Ahead of the last episode of Channel 5's new documentary into the mystery, which airs tonight, here is a breakdown of the key events in the timeline of the tragedy.

Karen Downes sees her 14 year old daughter, Charlene, for the last timein Blackpool town centre at 6:45pm. Police release CCTV images of Charlene and a friend walking on Bank Hey Street earlier that day.

1. November 1, 2003 - Charlene goes missing

Karen Downes sees her 14 year old daughter, Charlene, for the last timein Blackpool town centre at 6:45pm. Police release CCTV images of Charlene and a friend walking on Bank Hey Street earlier that day.
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Police arrest two men, who weretakeaway business partners, for the murder of Charlene and the disposal of her body.

2. 2007 - The arrests

Police arrest two men, who weretakeaway business partners, for the murder of Charlene and the disposal of her body.
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One of the men is tried atPreston Crown Courtfor murdering Charlene, and the other is tried fordisposing of her body "in kebabs". The jury failsto reach a verdict and a retrial is scheduled.

3. May 2007 - The trial

One of the men is tried atPreston Crown Courtfor murdering Charlene, and the other is tried fordisposing of her body "in kebabs". The jury failsto reach a verdict and a retrial is scheduled.
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The prosecution's case collapses because of concerns about how evidence was gathered by the police. The men are acquitted and awarded a reported sum of 300,000 each for false imprisonment. Several officers are disciplined.

4. 2008 - The retrial collapses

The prosecution's case collapses because of concerns about how evidence was gathered by the police. The men are acquitted and awarded a reported sum of 300,000 each for false imprisonment. Several officers are disciplined.
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