The man who murdered Blackpool schoolgirl Paige Chivers called police before she went missing to find out what the police reaction would be, a court heard.
Police have today released an audio clip of the call between Robert Ewing, 60, and a police phone operator.
Ewing, who was convicted of murdering Paige and perverting the course of justice, can be heard telling police staff about a 15-year-old girl who arrived at his house after “her dad has thrown her out”.
Preston Crown Court was told he was effectively “testing the water” and that there had been “very little reaction” by officials.
In the call, Ewing can be heard telling the operator: “I’ve calmed her down a bit. She said her dad’s thrown her out.
“I’ve managed to talk her back to going to her house.
“She said she’s scared he’s going to hit her and this that and the other.
“Is it a situation for the police?”
He goes on to add: “She’s a child basically, a 15-year-old. I’m 51.
“I was a bit concerned.
“I don’t want to get involved to be brutally honest.
“She’s a bit of a problem child, I must admit.”
The call ends after he is given a number for social services and told there is nothing the police can do to help without an address for her.