The Crown Prosecution Service say the family of murdered Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers finally have justice.
In a statement Joanne Cunliffe, from CPS North West Complex Casework Unit said:
“At the time of her disappearance Paige had very little stability in her life and Robert Ewing took advantage of this. He was a middle-aged man who befriended her, not for any charitable reasons, but because he had an inappropriate sexual interest in her.
“Neither of the defendants has ever shown any remorse and over the years since Paige went missing they have done everything they could to cover their tracks, to divert enquiries away from them and try to put the blame on other people.
“Because Paige’s body has never been found this has been a very complex case, firstly to prove that Paige was dead, not just missing, and then to prove that Robert Ewing murdered her.
“My sincere sympathies are with the family of Paige Chivers. Despite the outcome today the trial has been a difficult and painful time for them. I hope they can take some comfort in knowing that Robert Ewing and Gareth Dewhurst have now received justice.”
A man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers.
Robert Ewing has been given a life sentence, and will serve a minimum of 33 years, for murdering the 15-year-old.
Blackpool striker Nile Ranger has returned to train with his club, after eight months being absent without leave.
His return was reported by the Blackpool Gazette's football writer Will Watt on Twitter.
After eight months AWOL, Nile Ranger has finally reported back for training at Blackpool this morning.
A clause was activated in Ranger's contract earlier this year, much to the player's surprise as he revealed on Instagram.
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