Local reporter Debbie Davies, now editor of Newsquest’s Cambridgeshire title, was editor of the Ely and Soham Standard at the time of the murders.
Watch Debbie Davis discuss her first-hand account and walk us through the tragic events that unfolded.
On the morning of August 5, 2002, Debbie learned that two ten-year-old girls had disappeared in Soham, sparking search parties throughout the night.
In the days that followed, Soham was abuzz with activity, with police, journalists and camera crews streaming into the city. Debbie took the initiative to create and distribute posters asking for information about the missing girls. She attended Soham Village College, where Ian Huntley and his partner Maxine Carr lived, unaware that the girls had already fallen victim to Huntley.
Huntley was sentenced to life in prison after the girls’ bodies were found two weeks after their disappearance. Maxine Carr was found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and received a three-and-a-half year prison sentence in 2003.
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