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BBC ends search for murdered schoolgirl Karen Hadaway’s clothes lost by Martin Bashir

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BBC ends search for murdered schoolgirl Karen Hadaway’s clothes lost by Martin Bashir

  • BBC boss Tim Davie has told Michelle Hadaway the Corporation has let her down
  • He said the BBC cannot ‘shed more light’ on what happened
  • Bashir persuaded Michelle to hand over Karen’s clothes and promised DNA testing










Karen Hadaway, pictured, and her boyfriend Nicola Fellows, were murdered by Russell Bishop in Brighton in 1986

BBC boss Tim Davie has told the mother of a murdered schoolgirl that the Corporation has failed to find her daughter’s bloodied clothes after they were lost to rogue reporter Martin Bashir.

In a letter to Michelle Hadaway seen by The Mail on Sunday, Mr Davie said the BBC “can throw no further light” on what happened to her daughter Karen’s clothes and that “little more can be done” to to find them.

He apologized on behalf of the Corporation and said it will urge Bashir to make a personal apology.

Karen Hadaway and her boyfriend Nicola Fellows, both aged nine, were murdered in 1986 by Russell Bishop in Brighton in what became known as the Babes In The Wood murders.

Five years later, Bashir persuaded Michelle to hand over Karen’s clothes after he promised to subject them to DNA testing, but they went missing and have never been returned.

In 2004, the BBC launched an investigation, but the MoS revealed in September that it had not spoken to Bashir. Journalists working alongside him — and his agent — also said they had not been contacted.

Amid mounting questions about Bashir’s behaviour, Mr Davie, the BBC’s director-general asked Paul Smith, a former head of editorial standards at BBC Radio, to provide an overview of what went on during the investigation. of 2004 happened.

But the BBC has revealed that the review was “hampered by the passage of time because some of those people spoken to cannot remember being contacted in 2004 and others cannot recall details of what they knew at the time” .

Named the 'Babes in the Wood' murders, Nicola Fellows, pictured, and her friend, Karen Hadaway, both 9 years old.  Five years later, Bashir persuaded Michelle to hand over Karen's clothes after she promised to put them to DNA testing, but they went missing and were never returned.

Named the ‘Babes in the Wood’ murders, Nicola Fellows, pictured, and her friend, Karen Hadaway, both 9 years old. Five years later, Bashir persuaded Michelle to hand over Karen’s clothes after she promised to put them to DNA testing, but they went missing and were never returned.

In his letter to Ms Hadaway offering the BBC ‘sincere apologies’, Mr Davie said: ‘Your family deserved better and we are deeply sorry for the pain and sorrow caused by the actions of Martin Bashir for which the BBC is responsible.’

Last night, Ms Hadaway said the BBC’s response was ‘not good enough’ and she would continue to fight to find out what Bashir was doing with the clothes.

“I’m not stopping,” she added. “I fought for justice for 35 years. I will not give up now after being wronged for so long. ‘

Ian Heffron, an uncle of Nicola Fellows, said: ‘The actions of the Corporation are nothing short of appalling. I sincerely hope lessons have been learned.’

A spokesperson for Bashir said: “When asked about the pain associated with it, he has always expressed concern for Michelle Hadaway and his grief at her grief.”

Panorama veteran wins compensation from BBC for lies of Princess Diana from Martin Bashir

By Mark Hookham

Veteran BBC journalist Tom Mangold has been awarded damages by the Corporation after he was smeared for whistled disgraced reporter Martin Bashir.

Mr Mangold and two colleagues from the Panorama program warned their editor in December 1995 that Bashir had ordered fake bank statements before his landmark interview with Princess Diana.

Veteran BBC journalist Tom Mangold has been awarded damages by the Corporation after he was smeared for whistled disgraced reporter Martin Bashir.

Veteran BBC journalist Tom Mangold has been awarded damages by the Corporation after he was smeared for whistled disgraced reporter Martin Bashir.

Bashir then used the fakes to gain access to the Princess of Wales, before spinning a web of lies to land the interview.

Mr Mangold’s concerns were brushed aside at the time, when the BBC’s press service informed newspapers that ‘jealous colleagues’ were trying to undermine Bashir. Mr Mangold said this was a slander against him.

Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, Mr Mangold said: ‘I have received a personal apology from the Director General.’

He declined to say about the amount of the compensation.

The BBC said: ‘We have reached a resolution in principle with Tom Mangold, although terms are yet to be agreed.’

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