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Carr look-alike goes into hiding
Maxine Carr
Carr has been given a new identity
A South African student on a working holiday in Britain has been forced into hiding by gangs who have mistaken her for Maxine Carr, The Times reports.

Diane Carraro was falsely believed to be the ex-partner of Ian Huntley who murdered Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham in 2002.

She was verbally abused and saw posters of herself posted near her home in Cheadle, Staffordshire.

Carr was released from jail last year and given a new identity.

Her whereabouts has been the subject of much speculation, and with feelings running high, some women looking like her have suffered abuse and have been spat on.

Police worries

"I've been terrified," Ms Carraro told The Times.

"They have been throwing things at the windows, putting up posters and calling me a "murdering bitch."

"They have taken photographs of me in pubs and in Cheadle and screamed at me in the supermarket," she added.

She said she had not heard of Carr before arriving in Britain and was now planning to leave the country early.

Chief Superintendent Steve Loxley of North Staffordshire police said he feared Ms Carraro would become subject to more victimisation.

He called upon members of the public to halt their action against her.

Carr, originally from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, served 21 months in prison for lying on behalf of Huntley at the time he killed the 10-year-olds.


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