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Teen killer's father rejects Hartlepool murder reviews

The father, who cannot be identified, spoke to our Social Affairs Correspondent Tom Sheldrick. Photo: ITV News Tyne Tees

The father of a teenage girl convicted of the murder of Hartlepool woman Angela Wrightson has rejected the findings of a series of reviews into how authorities dealt with those involved in the case.

Angela was battered to death at her home in December 2014, by girls who were aged 13 and 14 and both in the care system in Hartlepool.

Today, the independent safeguarding reviews said the murder could not have been predicted or prevented, but that the girls had "experienced abuse and neglect which had impacted on their wellbeing and behaviour."

In an exclusive interview with ITV News Tyne Tees, the father of the younger killer denied that, and said it was the family who had repeatedly demanded she be placed in foster care.

My daughter was not neglected in any way. We went to social services asking for help because she was running away all the time, and we couldn't take no more.

– Younger girl's father
Angela Wrightson was an alcoholic and had a personality disorder.

Last April, the girls were given life sentences, with a minimum of 15 years detention, for Angela's murder. The judge at their trial ruled their names should not be revealed. The identity of the younger girl's family members must also therefore not be published.

In June, the younger girl's mother told ITV News Tyne Tees that social services did not take her daughter's case seriously enough, and could have prevented the murder.

Today's reviews found: "no professional or agency could have foreseen that [Angela] would be murdered or predicted the actions of the young people.”

The younger girl's family have said they asked for her to be placed in a foster home outside of Hartlepool, to stop her continuing to use alcohol and drugs, and repeatedly going missing.

The only way they could have prevented it [the murder] is if they'd have done what I'd asked them to - which is to move her away.

But they placed her back in Hartlepool, where she was free to do exactly what we didn't want her to do.

– Younger girl's father

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