Holly Wells/Jessica Chapman Case
The two girls
vanished from their sleepy English town of Soham, 30 kilometres northeast
of Cambridge, on August 4, prompting fears that they had been abducted.
a football match, 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman left Holly's
Soham house at 5.35pm wearing Red Manchester United No 7 shirts and dark
trousers and white nikes. They were seen an hour later in the main street
of the villiage. They have not been seen since.
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for missing 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman yesterday became
the biggest manhunt in British history. More than 250 police were looking
for the girls who have been missing since Sunday.
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'Spare these little girls'
concern at that stage was content on the girls computers, and pleading
with the abductors to return them.
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up from computer.
did not chat to anyone online prior to disappearing.
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A night long
forensic examination of 'The Gallops' woods turned up no clues.
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hunting for two 10-year-old girls missing for more than a week said today
a witness saw a driver apparently struggling with two children near the
spot the pair were last seen. The sighting appeared to be a potential breakthrough
in a search involving 300 officers for Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman,
an inquiry which has dominated British press headlines for days.
A taxi driver
told police he had seen a motorist driving a dark saloon south of Soham
that evening. He was "thrashing" his arms around inside the car and swerving.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hebb told reporters at a press conference:
"I think it's an important, significant line of inquiry. I hope it's a
"As he (the
taxi driver) closed upon the vehicle he saw what he believed to be a child
in the front passenger seat and another in the back of the car."
The taxi driver,
who followed the suspicious vehicle for several minutes, was now being
re-interviewed along with his passengers, Hebb said, adding that there
had been several other sightings of a similar dark car in Soham. Police
searching for the girls originally thought they had run away, but later
shifted their focus to the idea that they may have been kidnapped, possibly
by a paedophile, and believe they are still alive but being kept against
their will. Detectives earlier said they were not ruling out the theory
that the pair had been abducted by someone who had befriended them earlier,
perhaps after meeting them over the Internet. On Sunday police in the Cambridge
region of central England began to question registered paedophiles from
A total of
266 were to be quizzed at first, before the search was to be widened to
cover the whole country. Three defence ministry staff have been assigned
to help log calls from the public offering information. More than 7,500
have been received so far. Officers were also looking further afield and
set up alerts at all ports as part of investigations into whether the girls
could have been taken abroad. Pictures of the two missing girls, who were
wearing distinctive red Manchester United shirts, as sported by the team's
star player David Beckham, have filled the British media, while Beckham
himself made an appeal for the pair's safe return. In a television interview
to be aired late Monday, Kevin Wells, father of missing Holly, says he
knew immediately that the girls had been abducted.
of the interview released in advance, he says the parents had discussed
with police a scenario in which the two girl could have got into a car
without creating any fuss. "The obvious answer is that one of the girls
knew the parties involved," Wells says. Officers have confirmed the two
girls used Wells' computer for 24 minutes just one hour before they disappeared.
Detectives have said there is no sign the girls were emailing or contacting
anyone via chatrooms on that day, although they have not ruled out earlier
contacts. Two men arrested in Cambridgeshire on Friday night and Saturday
morning after failing to co-operate with the police investigation were
both released without charge. Parental abduction, the cause of 40 percent
of missing-children cases in Britain, is not suspected.
A large sign
with a missing persons number was placed at the side of the football pitch
on Wednesday night so it could be seen by BBC viewers as Manchester United
played Zalaerszeg. David Beckham pleaded for the safe return of Holly &
Call me, cop
urges kidnapper | News
set up a special telephone line and urged the presumed abductor of two
10-year-old English girls to call up the detective leading the hunt to
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Superintendent David Beck, of Cambridgeshire police, set a deadline
of midnight Thursday (UK time) for the kidnapper - or kidnappers - of Holly
Wells and Jessica Chapman to ring. "It is giving these people, if they
are more than one, an opportunity to have a one-to-one direct link contact
with me before midnight tomorrow," Beck said as the hunt for the girls
went through its 10th day. The number was sent out as a voice mail and
a text message to the mobile phone that Jessica was carrying with her.
Holly and Jessica vanished on August 4 from their home in Soham, a quiet
market town northeast of Cambridge. They were last seen out walking in
red Manchester United tops, not long after logging onto the internet. Beck
said he still believed the girls were alive, after a painstaking overnight
search in a nearby woods - where a jogger found what appeared to be shallow
graves - turned up nothing. "There are still two girls out there who I
believe to be alive," Beck said. The case has gripped Britain's attention
two years after eight-year-old Sarah Payne was kidnapped, killed and buried
in a shallow grave in the south of England. A known child sex abuser was
later convicted in the case.
August 16, 16:00
police make 'major breakthrough' | Ananova
A man and
woman, aged 28 and 25, are giving statements to police hunting the missing
Soham schoolgirls. Detectives say it is a major development in the inquiry.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hebb said that a search was about
to begin of the couple's house in the girls' home village of Soham "for
any evidence that may point to the whereabouts of Holly Wells and Jessica
will also be searching Soham College, Mr Hebb said. The news was announced
at a hastily arranged news conference at the college. The possible breakthrough
came 12 days after the two ten-year-olds vanished after walking through
August 16, 23:00
longer questioned over Soham girls | Ananova
A couple being
questioned in relation to the two missing Soham girls have given witness
statements and are no longer with police. A search is being carried out
the house of Ian Huntley, 28, and Maxine Carr, 25, as it is one of the
last places Holly and Jessica were seen. Mr Huntley has been a witness
in the investigation from day one after telling how he saw the girls on
the day they vanished. A few days later he wept as he recalled to reporters
how he had seen them when he was washing his dog outside his house.
caretaker and his girlfriend - a former teaching assistant at the girls'
school - left separate police stations after giving seven-hour witness
statements. Mr Huntley has been the site manager at Soham Village College
for the past nine months. Cambridgeshire police said the couple agreed
to be questioned and had been treated as "significant witnesses". Earlier,
Mr Huntley told reporters he could not believe Holly and Jessica had disappeared.
He said: "I
just saw them for a few minutes. They were as happy as Larry. They haven't
run away. They didn't have a care in the world. I must have been one of
the last people to speak to them."
they have just disappeared off the face of the earth. How can two girls
go missing in broad daylight, then nothing? No sighting. No nothing. It
who failed to get a full-time teaching post at the girls' school after
being a teaching assistant, said last week: "On the last day of school
Holly gave me a card with a smiley face on the front and a poem inside.
She was crying because I didn't get the job."
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quizzed over missing girls | Yahoo
questioned Friday a couple in their 20s, and began a search of their home,
over the disappearance and suspected abduction of 10-year-old girls Holly
Wells and Jessica Chapman nearly two weeks ago. British news media identified
the couple as Ian Huntley, 28, a caretaker at Soham Village College, and
his partner Maxine Carr, 25, who was a teaching assistant in the girls'
class at Saint Andrews Primary School. Police stressed, however, that the
couple's possible connection with the disappearance was just one of several
leads that they were pursuing, in one of the biggest missing persons' cases
ever in Britain.
In an interview
earlier Friday on British television, Huntley said he perhaps the last
person to see the girls before they disappeared on August 4 in their hometown
of Soham, northeast of Cambridge.
officers were seen by reporters Friday evening going into the couple's
plain-looking two-storey home, which was cordoned off with blue-and-white
plastic tape, to begin a thorough search.
"It may continue
throughout the weekend," police superintendent Simon Edens, the search
coordinator, told reporters as a surveillance helicopter -- believed to
be fitted with thermal imaging gear -- rattled overhead.
they would also search the primary school and Soham Village College, where
Huntley reportedly started work last December or January.Edens said that
the questioning of the couple, at an undisclosed location outside Soham,
but within Cambridgeshire county, was "only one of a number of lines of
is the safe recovery of Holly and Jessica," he said.
GMTV, a British morning television channel, earlier Friday, Huntley said
he felt "gutted" that the girls were missing.
help the fact that I was one of the last people to speak to them, if not
the last person to speak to them," he said. "I keep re-living that conversation
and thinking perhaps something different could've been said, perhaps kept
them here a little longer and maybe changed events."
Asked if he
still had hope for the girls, Huntley replied: "Yes, yes."
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Telegraph By Leo Schlink
THE hunt for
missing 10-year-old schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman ended in
tragedy yesterday when a school caretaker and his fiancee – the girls'
former teacher – were arrested on suspicion of murder and abduction.
sparked a massive search of the Soham Village Secondary College, where
police found "items of major interest to our inquiry" within a few hundred
metres of Holly and Jessica's homes. The bodies of the girls had not been
found last night. The two friends, both wearing bright red Manchester United
shirts and distinctive necklaces, disappeared two weeks ago, triggering
one of the largest police hunts in British history. The ordeal ended at
4am yesterday when Ian Huntley, 28, and Maxine Carr, 25, were arrested.
Huntley is a caretaker at Soham Village Secondary College.
as a part-time teaching assistant in Holly and Jessica's class at St Andrew's
Primary School. The pair had been voluntarily interviewed for several hours
at separate police stations in Cambridgshire, north of London, on Friday
before being released without being charged. They had earlier given a string
of interviews to media outlets after Huntley had told townspeople the girls
had visited his house on the evening they disappeared. Police swooped before
dawn yesterday after reviewing evidence given by the couple. Holly and
Jessica's devastated parents were informed immediately. Detective Chief
Inspector Andy Hebb refused to elaborate on developments as police continued
to search the house shared by Huntley and Carr. Police also began a search
of Huntley's father Kevin's house, 24km from Soham.
on the case had been adamant the pretty young girls were still alive as
recently as Friday night when the girls' parents continued to pray their
daughters would be found alive. A meeting on Thursday night organised by
police and Soham residents – including Carr and Huntley – is believed to
have produced the vital clue that led police to formally interview the
couple. By Friday night, teams of specialised police search teams were
drafted in and, ominously, a helicopter hovered over Soham Village Secondary
College as officers took grid photographs ahead of a subsequent ground
search. DCI Hebb has long maintained "the final piece of the jigsaw" would
be found in Soham, despite fears that convicted pedophiles had abducted
the girls. Holly and Jessica were last seen on closed circuit television
walking past a leisure centre – only metres from Carr and Huntley's home
– despite reports placing them elsewhere. Carr and Huntley had established
what is now suspected to be a perversely false profile after British and
international media had descended on Soham, a sleepy village of 8500 where
most people are on a first-name basis with their neighbours. In one of
several media interviews, Carr had talked of her relationship with Holly
and her friend Jessica. She said Jessica had been on holiday for the last
week of term but Holly – on the last day of school – had given her a farewell
card and a box of chocolates after Carr had missed out on a full-time job.
me a card with a smiley face on the front and a poem inside," Carr said.
"Holly was crying that I didn't get the job." Carr described Holly and
Jessica as "nice, bright kids". "Jessica is more of a tomboy type," she
said. "She loves playing football and swimming. You didn't often see Jessica
wearing a skirt. She always seemed to wear trousers. "She would say, 'When
you get married, I want to be your bridesmaid. I will even wear a dress.'
"Holly's more feminine. She's a lovely girl. She's very bright."
August 18, 06:29 AM
in search for missing girls | Yahoo
for missing schoolgirls Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells today found two
bodies near the village of Mildenhall, Suffolk. Cambridgeshire Police could
not confirm that the bodies were those of the missing 10-year-olds, a spokesman
said. The discovery came almost 12 hours after school caretaker Ian Huntley,
28, and his girlfirend Maxine Carr, 25, were arrested by police searching
for the girls. Huntley, who reported talking to the girls on the night
they vanished, is being held on suspicion of abducting and murdering the
Maxine Carr, 25, a teaching assistant in the girls' class last term, was
arrested on suspicion of murdering the pair. Huntley has been a part of
the investigation since day one, having reported seeing the girls on the
night they vanished. He told police they had walked past his house as he
washing his dog, and has said on more than one occasion:
"I must have
been one of the last people to see them alive."
knew the girls, joined in the appeals to find them, posing for pictures
with a card Holly had given her on the last day of term. Police have until
early tomorrow morning to decide whether to charge the couple or extend
their time in custody.
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to missing British girls found | ABC - NewsMail
searching for two missing schoolgirls say two bodies have been found by
a person out walking, near a Royal Air Force base about 10 kilometres from
where the girls disappeared. Just near the giant Lakeham Heath RAF base,
through a pine forest, the bodies were found. Aircraft and helicopters
were overhead, this was a discovery no-one wanted to make. A man in tears
arrived with flowers, for this has traumatised not just a community, but
a nation. Soham's Methodist Minister Alan Ashton says the wait to find
has been devastating.
is going to be amassed in our real depth of grief as it tries to cope with
yet another swing in emotion that's extremely wide... our heartfelt sympathies
of course go to the families," he said.
school headmaster, Geoff Fisher, says everyone is very upset about their
disappearance particularly their parents.
me deeply as it has everybody in Soham," Mr Fisher said.
goes out to Sharon and Les and to Kevin and Nicola, I've known them a long
time and I can't image what they're going through. "I've been a head for
21-years, but nothing can prepare you for an incident like this," he said.
from Soham summed up the town's feeling.
dreadful, I think it's hit everybody.... I didn't know them personally,
but just to think that something like this can happen in your own time.
It brings it home to you doesn't it," she said.
granted extra time to question murder suspects | ABC - NewsMail
have been granted extra time to question two people arrested on suspicion
of murdering two 10-year-old schoolgirls. The extension was granted as
police announced that they are as certain as they can be that two bodies
found in Suffolk are those of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, who vanished
a fortnight ago. Police say it may be some days before the bodies of the
two girls are positively identified but are nonetheless convinced that
they have found their remains. The bodies are due to be moved from the
woodland site where they were dumped to a Cambridgeshire hospital for further
forensic tests. Police have been granted a 36-hour extension to the time
they are allowed to continue questioning two people known to the girls,
who have been arrested on suspicion of murder. The extension was granted
as 28-year-old school caretaker Ian Huntley and his partner, 25-year-old
former teaching assistant Maxine Carr, appeared at separate closed hearings
before magistrates. The search for evidence is continuing at several sites
in and around the village of Soham where the girls lived.
Monday 19 August
certainly girls' | NewsPulse
& Associated Press Ed Johnson in London.
found in woodland almost certainly belong to missing 10-year-olds Holly
Wells and Jessica Chapman, British detectives have confirmed. Today's announcement
brings to a chilling end the two-week search that has transfixed Britain
since the girls disappeared from their rural hometown of Soham, near Cambridge,
on August 4.
be some days yet before we are able to positively identify the two bodies,"
said Deputy Chief Constable Keith Hoddy outside the town's Church of St
Andrew, where hundreds of residents had gathered earlier in the day to
pray for the girls and their families. "However, we are as certain as we
possibly can be tonight (UK time) that they are those of Holly and Jessica."
He said the
girls' parents had been told the news, before calling for a moment of silence
as a mark of respect. Police signalled yesterday that they had given up
hope of finding Holly and Jessica alive when they arrested two people on
suspicion of murder. The anguish in the children's close-knit community
grew a few hours later when detectives said they had discovered the two
bodies in a wooded area alongside a dirt path in a nature reserve 11km
away. Despite police declining to reveal details, including the ages and
sex of the dead, residents feared the worst and left floral tributes outside
the church and near the woods.
"May you rest
in peace. God bless you and your families," read a message attached to
a brief court hearing, a magistrate granted police a further 36 hours to
question a 28-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of murder and abduction,
and a 25-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of murder. Police have not
released the suspects' names, but news reports have identified them as
Ian Huntley, a caretaker at the local secondary school, and his partner
Maxine Carr, a former teaching assistant who worked with Holly and Jessica's
primary school class until July. Police can apply for a further 24 hours,
after which they must either be released or charged. Detectives would not
say publicly whether Huntley and Carr were the suspects, but have searched
their home, which stands on the grounds of the girls' primary school, and
the school where Huntley worked. News reports said that until they were
taken in for questioning, Huntley and Carr had been eager participants
in the search for Holly and Jessica. Huntley reportedly told officers shortly
after the hunt began that he had seen the girls just before they vanished,
when they walked past his house as he washed his dog. He emotionally recounted
his story for journalists and the television cameras.
"I must have
been one of the last people to see them alive," he told reporters.
the media she would always keep a card Holly had drawn for her on the last
day of school.
Monday 19 August
| The Courier-Mail Front Page & p9
and her boyfriend have been arrested for the suspected murder of Holly
Wells and Jessica Chapman.
Monday 19 August
To Hunt For Girls: Police Statement | Sky
confirmed that two bodies discovered in Suffolk are those of the missing
schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
Here is the
full statement from Keith Hoddy, Deputy Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire
Police, who spoke in Soham:
"It is with
great sadness that I have to tell you the following news. "It may be some
days yet before we are able to positively identify the two bodies found
at Common Drove, near Lakenheath in Suffolk, yesterday lunchtime. "However,
we are as certain as we possibly can be tonight that they are those of
Holly and Jessica. Terrible news "Holly and Jessica's families have been
told this terrible news. "Before I say anything else, can I suggest that
we pause for a moment in silence, in memory of these two little girls and
out of respect for their families and their many hundreds of friends."
After the silence, he continued: "Holly and Jessica were reported missing
on the evening of Sunday, August 4, and since that time a huge effort has
been mounted to find them. "We, like the families, refused to give up hope
that the girls would be found alive and well. Our heartfelt sympathy goes
out to Holly's parents and brother and Jessica's parents and sisters at
this ghastly time."
Mr Hoddy went
on: "An enormous effort involving hundreds of police officers, supported
by civilians, and scores of experts, worked tirelessly to trace the girls,
and a sense of sorrow now is felt acutely. "Holly and Jessica's families
continue to be supported by trained family liaison officers at this, the
bleakest of moments. They are being given every possible support and this
support will continue in the days, weeks and months to come."
Mr Hoddy told
the assembled media that a man and a woman were under arrest for the murder
of Holly and Jessica, with the man also under arrest for abduction.
in custody this evening and will spend another night at separate police
stations in Cambridgeshire," he continued. "Because legal proceedings are
active I am unable to say anything more about this line of the inquiry.
"Now is a time for quiet contemplation. It is a time to respect the grief
of Holly's and Jessica's families and I ask that you respect their need
In pictures: Best
friends Holly and Jessica
'inconclusive' on schoolgirl bodies | ABC News 20/8/2002
Britain have carried out post-mortem examinations on two bodies believed
to be those of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells, who went missing more than
a fortnight ago. However, the examinations of the 10-year-old schoolgirls
have been inconclusive, failing to reveal the cause of death. Further tests
are to be carried out on the bodies which could take as long as several
weeks to complete. The post-mortems were conducted by a British Home Office
pathologist after the bodies were found by walkers in a remote part of
Suffolk over the weekend. Police have continued to maintain they are as
certain as they can be that the bodies are those of Jessica and Holly although
they say formal identification could take some days. Detectives are continuing
to question two suspects arrested on suspicion of murder - 28-year-old
school caretaker Ian Huntley and his 25-year-old partner Maxine Carr, who
was a teaching assistant in the girls' classroom. The courts are allowing
the police about another six hours to decide whether to lay charges or
release the suspects although the police are entitled to apply for a final
on girls' bodies 'inconclusive' | Yahoo
News & AAP 20/8
examination on two bodies believed to be the missing English schoolgirls
did not determine the exact cause of death, police say.
in full | BBC
Chief Inspector Andy Hebb announced on Tuesday that school caretaker
Ian Huntley, 28, had been charged with the murder of Holly Wells and Jessica
Chapman. Here is his statement in full.
the following update for you regarding the ongoing investigation into the
murder of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells. "In the early hours of this
morning 28-year-old Ian Huntley, from Soham, who was arrested in the early
hours of Saturday morning, underwent the last of a series of medical examinations
which had taken place since his arrest. "Upon a psychiatrist's recommendation,
Ian Huntley was detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. "At around 2am
today he was transferred from police custody to a secure unit where he
will undergo further assessment."Following lengthy discussions with the
Crown Prosecution Service in Cambridgeshire, I can tell you that in the
last hour detectives from the force have driven to the secure unit and
have charged Ian Huntley with two counts of murder. "He has been charged
with the murder of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells. "His case is listed
to be heard at Peterborough Magistrates Court tomorrow morning. "At this
stage I do not know whether he will appear in person. "The 25-year-old
woman who was also arrested on Saturday in connection with the murder of
Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells remains in police custody this evening
and questioning continues.
anticipated that a decision about her continued detention will be made
in the coming few hours."
charged | The
UK Telegraph Sean O'Neill and David Sapsted
was charged last night with murdering Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman,
the 10-year-old school friends whose bodies were found near an air base
a fortnight after they disappeared.
charged with girls' murders | Ninemsn
charged high school caretaker Ian Huntley, 28, with the murder of 10-year-olds
Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, whose disappearance triggered one of the
biggest missing persons' investigations in British criminal history. Huntley's
partner Maxine Carr, 25, a teaching assistant, remained in custody for
questioning, and a decision on whether to charge her could be made shortly,
Cambridgeshire detective chief inspector Andy Hebb said. Huntley was being
held under Britain's Mental Health Act in a "secure unit" on the recommendation
of a psychiatrist, after a number of medical examinations following his
arrest, Hebb said.
"I can tell
you that in the last hour, detectives from the force have driven to the
secure unit and have charged Ian Huntley with two counts of murder," he
said in a brief statement. "He has been charged with the murder of Jessica
Chapman and Holly Wells."
high-security mental hospital in Nottinghamshire confirmed that "a 28-year-old
man" was admitted today "for assessment" following concerns about his fitness
to be questioned by Cambridgeshire police. Huntley and Carr were arrested
Saturday just hours before the girls' bodies were found in a public forest
outside a US air force base at Lakenheath, not far from their hometown
of Soham, north-east of Cambridge. Huntley was also arrested on suspicion
of abduction, but in his statement Hebb made no mention of that offence.
Late on Monday magistrates granted police a second but final extension
to detain Huntley and Carr, giving detectives more time to question the
couple at the centre of a crime that has gripped British public attention.
It also allowed forensic officers to keep scouring the couple's home in
Soham, the high school where Huntley worked as a caretaker, and the pine
forest where the girls' bodies were found.
looked for clues - as small as a hair or a dried spot of sweat - that could
be used in DNA tests to determine what might have happened to Holly and
Jessica after they were last seen August 4 out walking in red Manchester
United soccer jerseys.
sniffer dogs also searched the home of Huntley's father in Littleport,
near Soham, though he has not been identified as a suspect. The girls'
bodies remained in a hospital morgue, pending more examination by a Home
Office pathologist and formal identification - leaving their families to
wait in agony before they can go ahead with a funeral. The disappearance
of Holly and Jessica - widely portrayed as best friends from good middle-class
homes in a sleepy English country town - triggered one of the biggest missing
persons' cases in British criminal history.
caretaker at Soham Village College, and Carr, a teaching assistant at Holly
and Jessica's primary school, appeared separately on Monday night at special
closed-door hearings in Cambridgeshire.
At Saint Andrews
Church in Soham, floral tributes for Holly and Jessica continued to pour
in today, with bouquets stretched along all the pathways in the churchyard.
Some 8,000 messages of condolences from around the world have been posted
on an internet site set up by Cambridgeshire police.
partner remanded over deaths | The
has been remanded in custody for eight days after her lawyer failed to
make an application for bail this morning. Carr, 25, who is accused of
attempting to pervert the course of justice in connection with the murder
of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, was remanded by the Peterborough Magistrates
Court at 11am this morning. Specifically, she was charged with giving false
information to police officers between August 9 and 18. Carr will next
appear before Peterborough Crown Court on Thursday, August 29, to answer
the charge. As she arrived at the court at 9.30am, Carr was heckled by
a crowd of about 250 people, who screamed and jeered as the van pulled
in, shouting obscenities and shaking their fists. Blankets were used to
shield her face from photographers and onlookers.
About 30 police
officers lined the street keeping the mob back, with one officer warning
people before Carr arrived: "It may be hard to hold back but please don't
step onto the road. The police vehicle will not stop for anybody." Mother-of-six
Dawn Collins, 53, of Peterborough, said: "I got up this morning and decided
to come down to be with people who are feeling the same."I find it so hard
to come to terms with it, that those two little girls are gone.
over my life," said Miss Collins, whose children are aged between 17 and
34. "I can't seem to get on with anything. It's really hard."
32, had come to the court with her sons Rhys, 8 and Haydn, 4. Mrs Jeffries,
also from Peterborough, said: "I'm here because I'm a mother and I can't
imagine what those parents are going through.
to support those two girls and their families. Since it happened, my two
children are not allowed out. We've got to be with them 24/7."
28-year-old school caretaker Ian Huntley, was yesterday charged with the
murder of the two girls. He is not due in court today as he is undergoing
psychiatric assessment at a secure hospital. Huntley was detained under
the 1983 Mental Health Act in the early hours of yesterday morning after
undergoing a series of medical examinations since his arrest on Saturday.
His case will be listed in court "when he is deemed fit to attend", a Cambridgeshire
Police spokeswoman said. The parents of the two girls are still waiting
to hear how their daughters died after a postmortem examination proved
inconclusive. The bodies of the best friends were found by walkers at a
Suffolk beauty spot on Saturday, almost two weeks after they vanished from
Soham wearing identical Manchester United football shirts.
still searching the site where the bodies were found, along with the home
of Huntley and Carr, and the primary and secondary schools where he worked.
Teams were also scouring the home of Huntley's parents, Kevin and Lynda,
in the village of Littleport.
| BBC News
Ian Huntley has been charged with the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica
Chapman. The 28-year-old was also sectioned under the Mental Health Act
1983 in the early hours of Tuesday and moved to Rampton high security hospital
in Nottinghamshire. Detectives drove to Rampton late on Tuesday afternoon
to formally charge him with the murders. His girlfriend Maxine Carr, 25,
a classroom assistant, has been charged with attempting to pervert the
course of justice.
was announced just before 2200 BST on Tuesday, and she has been remanded
in custody pending an appearance at Peterborough Magistrates Court on Wednesday
morning. Mr Huntley was also listed to appear in court, but doctors have
ruled he is not fit to appear in person. His case will be listed "when
he is deemed fit to attend", a Cambridgeshire Police spokeswoman said.
The couple were arrested on Saturday, 17 August, almost two weeks after
the 10-year-olds went missing from their homes in Soham, Cambridgeshire.
Two bodies believed to be those of the little girls were discovered later
that day, in a remote patch of woodland near RAF Lakenheath in Midenhall,
In a statement,
Rampton hospital said Mr Huntley was admitted "after concerns were expressed
regarding his fitness to be interviewed by Cambridgeshire Police". Mr Huntley
lived with Ms Carr in Soham and was site manager at Soham College.
was the girls' teaching assistant. Ms Carr had been employed as a teacher's
aide at Holly and Jessica's school, St Andrew's Primary. Detective Chief
Inspector Andy Hebb said Mr Huntley's sectioning took place on the recommendation
of a psychiatrist. Sectioning means that doctors have been given the right
to detain him for 28 days to assess his condition.
have the right to give him medication or other treatment without his consent.
After that 28-day period he could be released from the secure unit - or
doctors could apply for another court order to detain him for up to 28
days. He could, however, still be ruled fit to stand trial for murder.
In cases like this defendants can still be found guilty of murder, or guilty
of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility, or acquitted.
has so far proved "inconclusive" on how the girls died, and police have
said it might be some time before the cause of is established or they are
formally identified. Officers are still searching Soham College, the couple's
house and the home of Ian Huntley's father Kevin, in nearby Littleport.
About 14,000 messages of condolence from the public have already been sent
to a special website set up in memory of Holly and Jessica. Hundreds of
mourners are still placing flowers, candles and cards at Soham's St Andrew's
Church and elsewhere.
express online condolences
book will eventually sit alongside one in church
of surfers have left messages at an online book of condolence for people
wishing to express sympathy to the families of murdered British schoolgirls
Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
- has been set up by Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridgeshire Police
to give members of the public who have followed the tragic events in Soham
an outlet for their feelings. More than 14,000 messages had been sent from
around the world by 1630 BST on Tuesday.
come from as far away as Australia, Israel and Zimbabwe. Other messages
were from Iceland, Bahrain, Dubai, Brazil, the US, India - and also one
from an oil rig in the North Sea. Once completed, the comments will be
transcribed into a permanent memorial to the two children to sit alongside
the book of condolence in the local church. One boy's message read: "I'm
a 13-year-old boy from Palestine, I heard the dreadful news of the two
girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. "I've been following the latest
news every day, hoping that it would turn out well. I feel deeply sorry
for them." A man from Jerusalem said: "My wife and I were appalled to learn
the news of your terrible loss. We hope and pray that in future you will
know no more sorrow." Visitors are invited to leave messages by name or
anonymously although it is not possible to read previous comments. Outlet
for grief Online books of condolence have become a popular way for people
to express grief after traumatic events. One set up shortly after the death
of the Queen Mother attracted thousands of visitors. A spokesman for Cambridgeshire
County Council said such a book provided an unobtrusive way for people
outside of Soham to express sympathy with the community. A message on the
site reads: "The authorities of Cambridgeshire, England, have been both
touched and overwhelmed with the messages from all over the world sent
to the community of Soham. It means a great deal to our community. " The
BBC's website for Cambridgeshire also has an online book of condolence.
Many of the messages express shock and outrage at the events and offer
heartfelt support to the parents of the girls.
after schoolgirl murders | Yahoo
News & Reuters 21/8
- The shockwaves felt from the murder of two 10-year-old British girls
radiated on Monday from their home town of Soham to the rest of the country
with Prime Minister Tony Blair adding his sympathy.
murder suspect may not stand trial | Yahoo
News & AFP 21/8
Huntley, charged with the murders of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica
Chapman, may never stand trial, the British press said after he was sectioned
at a mental hospital. In a dramatic twist to a case that has gripped the
nation, Huntley was taken to Rampton high-security mental hospital in the
early hours of Tuesday morning shortly before being handed the double murder
charge. Police said that the school caretaker, 28, who was due to appear
in Peterborough Magistrates Court in central England on Wednesday, would
only be in court "when he is deemed fit to attend."
"Will he (Huntley)
ever stand trial?" asked The Daily Mail front page which said that he could
be considered unfit to stand trial because of his psychiatric state. The
paper also raised the possibility that Huntley could stand trial but enter
a defence of insanity.
the Book is full! (over 15,000 messages overwhelmed the website)
If you try
to get in you get this message:
Cannot Be Serviced. The site has exceeded its resource limit and cannot
process this request."
The book has
now been re-activated (23/8/02)
August | ABC News 22/8
confirm dead girls' identities
Britain have confirmed that two bodies found last weekend in a pine forest
in eastern England are those of the missing 10-year-old girls, Holly Wells
and Jessica Chapman. Their remains were found by passers-by on a track
not far from the girls' home town of Soham near Cambridge, 13 days after
they had disappeared. High school caretaker Ian Huntley has been charged
with their murder, and is currently being held at a high-security psychiatric
hospital. His girlfriend, Maxine Carr, has also appeared in court on charges
of lying to police. Earlier this week, police said they were all but certain
the remains where those of Holly and Jessica, whose disappearance triggered
one of the biggest searches in British criminal history.