Maire Alderton , mother of 24 year old Anneli Alderton, told Ipswich Crown Court today how her daughter turned to prostitution to fund her drug habit. She had been in prison four times and had received rehabilitation treatment for drugs.
The police did a remarkably good job of ensuring a CCTV from a train journey Anneli took on the 1753 GMT train from Harwich to Colchester on 3 December, received wide, local, national and international publicity less than 7 days after she was murdered.
How odd that those 4 bombers who travelled from Luton to London on 7/7/2005 , seen by many, many CCTV cameras in car parks, stations, concourse, 3 underground trains and a bus - have never been publicised in the same way.
"Police are scrutinising 80,000 pieces of footage from security cameras to discover how the three young Muslims spent almost four hours in the capital." Times Sept 21st 2005.
All this effort and evidence hasn't resulted in producing a single moving image capturing any of the four (or any other people involved in the bombing). We do of course have a picture said to be of them taken on a "dry run" 9 days before... so it is interesting that Rachel from London , having met John Reid the (then) Home Secretary ( along with others) received a 4 page letter that answered some questions they had raised with him ...eg on CCTV footage
"The Metropolitan Police have told us that the primary reason for this is that the footage forms part of the police evidence. Their practice is to limit the
release of footage to that which is pertinent to progressing their investigation. In deciding what to release, the police need to take into account that any footage could potentially [ underlined] prejudice any prosecutions that result from the on-going police investigation.''
Evidently after 2 1/2 years later , and the alleged perpetrators dead, there is no potential prosecution which could impede the production of such evidence.... and who knows, it may , as in the case of the Anneli Alderton help focus the memory of some members of the public, jogging memories...
Ipswich had 5 drug addicted prostitutes killed ... London still mourns 56 dead and many hundreds more are injured directly or by the loss of children, friends and family.
If the Police can produce such evidence for safety of people in Ipswich , the population of London deserves to see more about what exactly happened that fateful July day which would help to prevent further such tragic events....unless of course the reason is, that no such CCTV film exists amongst ,"the 80,000 pieces of footage from security cameras" on that day.