Blow for Katrice’s family

Richard Lee with a photograph of his daughter Katrice
Richard Lee with a photograph of his daughter Katrice

THE family of a Hartlepool girl who went missing in Germany more than 30 years ago have been dealt a blow after the Prime Minister said he was not going investigate the case any further.

David Cameron had promised to look into the case of town youngster Katrice Lee when he was questioned on the issue by MP Caroline Dinenage during the Prime Minister’s Questions last month.

But Ms Dinenage, who is the local MP for Katrice’s mother, Sharon, of Gosport, Hampshire, received a letter from Mr Cameron stating that after a meeting with the Military Police the case was not going to be investigated any further.

It is another blow for Katrice’s family who have battled for the Military Police to release files relating to the case since the two-year-old disappeared from a British Army base in Germany in 1981.

But her dad, Richard Lee, has vowed to carry on fighting and has appealed to Mr Cameron to meet up with Katrice’s family.

Richard, 62, who lives in the Stockton Road area of Hartlepool, said: “I want to meet up with the Prime Minister and I want him to look me in the eye and tell me why he isn’t looking into the case any further.

“He said he was going to and then he met up with the Military Police, but why hasn’t he asked to meet up with us and get our side.

“Things weren’t done that should have been done 30 years ago and now the people who are working in the office with the Prime Minister are people who were never there in the beginning.

“Who better to speak to than us, Katrice’s family?

Richard has been working wityh Hartlepool MP Iain Wright to try and get progress in the case.

He added: “I’m not going to let this issue go away, I won’t give up.”