No special plan for BNP events

EDL protest on Blackpool Promenade last year
EDL protest on Blackpool Promenade last year
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POLICE say they have no plans for a special security operation when a controversial political party descends on Blackpool to call for action in the case of two missing teenagers.

The British National Party (BNP) is holding three events in the town tomorrow – including an appearance from party leader Nick Griffin – to highlight the ongoing mystery surrounding the disappearances of Blackpool youngsters Charlene Downes and Paige Chivers.

And a BNP spokesman said: “Anyone who has small children, from whatever political or social background, should make every effort to attend this very important day.

“You must ask yourself ‘how would I feel if one of these young victims was a member of my family?’”

BNP members will be in the town centre to hand out leaflets and speak to members of the public about their activities, before holding a demonstration in a “prime location” in the afternoon.

Supporters are meeting in the morning outside the Sealife Centre, on the Promenade, where placards and literature about the campaign will be handed out.

Finally an indoor rally and meeting will be held with speeches from guest speakers including Charlene’s mother Karen.

The disappearance of Charlene, who was last seen aged 14 in 2003, and Paige, who vanished aged 15 in August 2007, are both now being treated as murder inquiries.

The BNP wants more police resources put into finding out what happened to Charlene, after the trial of two men, who were accused of murdering the teenager and disposing of her body, collapsed.

Both were cleared at Preston Crown Court and awarded a reported £300,000 compensation each.

Last year, BNP members attended a special ceremony in Stanley Park to mark eight years since the St George’s High School pupil went missing.

Paige has not been seen since leaving her home on Ashfield Road, Bispham, in August 2007 aged 15.

Police have always believed the two cases are not linked.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said they had no plans for a special policing operation for the events this weekend.

Last year, hundreds of officers were drafted in when thousands of English Defence League protesters took to the Promenade over Charlene’s case.