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Parents anger over murder probe
Shafilea Ahmed
Eight members of Shafilea's family have been bailed
The parents of a murdered teenager have urged police to admit they have made no progress in catching her killer.

Shafilea Ahmed, 17, of Warrington, Cheshire, went missing in September 2003, and her body was found in the River Kent, Cumbria, a year ago.

Eight of her relatives are due to answer to police on 25 February after being bailed on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Police say they are still following a number of leads.

Det Ch Insp Geraint Jones of Cheshire Police said: "We would still encourage anyone, that for some reason may not have come forward already to contact us in confidence," he said.

Family trip

But the family solicitor, Milton Firman, said: "I think the parents are feeling increasingly more angry as time goes on and then they feel very aggrieved indeed that the police continue to keep them out of the picture entirely with no information at all.

"This is in spite of the fact that we've tried to find out whatever we can.

"At some stage the police have to overcome their inhibitions and confront the possibility of speaking to them directly and owning up to the fact that they just haven't made any progress."

Shafilea disappeared months after a family trip to Pakistan during which the 17-year-old drank bleach in an apparent attempt to avoid an arranged marriage.

The eight members of her family, were arrested in West Yorkshire after police searched a number of houses in last September.

Shafilea was last seen alive at her home in Liverpool Road, Great Sankey, on 11 September 2003.

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