Family of Telford paedophile victim say police ignored their pleas to prosecute girl’s killer
Lucy Lowe was just 14 when sick Azhar Ali Mehmood murdered her along with her mum and sister in 2000 – now her family want to know why the police failed to act on their warnings
The family of murdered Telford victim Lucy Lowe have revealed police snubbed pleas to prosecute her killer for child abuse 18 years ago.
Paedophile Azhar Ali Mehmood fathered her baby when she was 14 and then murdered her along with mum Eileen and sister Sarah, 17, in an arson attack on the family home in 2000.
Mehmood – 10 years older than Lucy and described as her “boyfriend” – got life over the deaths the next year but was never prosecuted for child abuse.
He is now eligible for parole and her family are horrified that he may be back on the streets soon.
Lucy’s uncle, Ed Lowe, believes her murder should have alerted authorities to the town’s grooming scandal – which is feared to have up to 1,000 victims.
Pressure grows for inquiry into Telford child sex abuse claims
The official inquiry into child abuse has been asked to investigate claims that police and social workers failed to tackle gangs that targeted girls over a 40-year period.
Three girls are reported to have been murdered by paedophiles who are estimated to have abused hundreds of victims in Telford, Shropshire.
The local council yesterday asked for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse to upgrade Telford to become a separate specific review alongside allegations involving establishment figures and the Church of England.
An investigation by the Sunday Mirror gathered allegations of abuse in the town said to include cases involving girls as young as 11 who were drugged, beaten and raped. Seven men were jailed in 2013 after Operation Chalice, a police inquiry into child prostitution in the Telford area.
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