Group to stage new Charlene protest

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A CONTROVERSIAL group which has pledged to continue fighting for justice for a missing teenager will stage another protest in the resort.

Blackpool Casuals, a right-wing group affiliated to the English Defence League, held a protest over the investigation into the suspected murder of Blackpool teenager Charlene Downes on Saturday.

They will hold a further demonstration in the resort tomorrow, outside Mr Beanz takeaway on Dickson Road.

The takeaway bosses, Iyad Albattikhi and Mohammed Reveshi, were cleared of killing and disposing of Charlene’s body in 2003.

Charlene’s mother Karen Downes said: “There are people who try to stop the protests and don’t like them.

“But we are perfectly within our rights to protest against the way the police dealt with the inquiry.

“The last demonstration was very successful and we are planning more in the future.”

The Casuals will meet at the Hop Inn pub on King Street, central Blackpool, before heading to Dickson Road.

The 13-year-old disappeared in November 2003 and has not been seen since.

Joe Cardiff, of Casuals United, said: “We want justice for Charlene and her family.

“We won’t just let it go away. We will keep demonstrating.

“We are planning an even bigger protest in May.”

The group has uploaded videos onto YouTube explaining why they are holding protests and vowing to continue until the investigation moves on.