Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Girl Slams Police over ID Parade Shambles

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Girl Slams Police over ID Parade Shambles

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A TEENAGE girl who was carjacked at knifepoint in a terrifying attack has condemned police for failing to act after more than seven months to identify a suspect arrested on the day.

Jodie Griffin, 18, was sitting in her car near her home in Barking, Essex, when a man pushed his hands through the window and pressed a knife against her throat.

After threatening her, the man threw her out of the car and sped off. She immediately called the police who traced and arrested him an hour later.

Despite Miss Griffin and a friend providing a detailed description of the

suspect, which matched the man arrested, police had to release him on bail while they set up an identity parade.

Two such parades have since been cancelled after the suspect failed to turn up. Police are now preparing for Miss Griffen to identify the suspect through video clips.

As the government and police chiefs promise to stem the rising level of violent crime in the capital, Miss Griffin strongly condemned a system that did not allow her the chance to identify the suspect. Miss Griffin, who works at a special needs school, said: "It has been a nightmare. I really thought he was going to kill me.

"I was relieved at first that he had been caught, but then he was released and I cannot believe that seven months later, nothing has been done.

"I'm on the verge of dropping the whole thing. It is just going on and on.

I was off work for three months after the incident, I lost two stone in two weeks and I still can't cope with this."

Her mother, Colleen McLeavy, added: "She had the whole of her life ahead of her and it has ruined everything.

"I've given up my job so I can be around for her. What really angers us is that we know he is out and about and capable of doing it again. I have really come to the end of my tether. …

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