A NEIGHBOUR's desperate 999 call about the "thrashing" noises coming from the Droitwich home Alfie Steele lived at has been released. 

Alfie Steele's mother, Carla Scott, 35, and her partner, Dirk Howell, 41, are both accused of the nine-year-old's murder at the home in Vashon Drive on February 18, 2021. 

As previously reported the video was played to the jury at the Coventry Crown Court trial earlier this month. 

In the 999 call made at 8.39pm on August 3, 2020 - around six months before Alfie's death - Gemma Allcott tells the call operator: "It sounds like my neighbours are doing something bad to their kid in the bath - like they are really hurting them."

Miss Allcott said she called 999 after 15 minutes of hearing the noises. 

"I hear lots of banging and it sounds like someone thrashing around in a bathtub," Miss Allcott said.

She said it sounded like a child was being hit and held under the water.

Miss Allcott added it was "concerning" as she understood social services were involved with the family.


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In the trial the jury heard Sergeant Samantha Bennett attended the house and observed Scott had been annoyed they had attended, telling them she knew the neighbours had called the police on them. 

After leaving the police were called again by Miss Allcott after Scott went round to her house. 

Miss Allcott had not answered the door to Scott telling police she did not want a confrontation.

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In her evidence Scott told the court the noises could be attributed to playing in the bath when the bathroom floor was turned "into a swimming pool". 

Scott said it had been Howell's idea to go round and confront the neighbours. 

The defendant added she had initially lied to police that she went round to her neighbour's home as she: "Didn't want to get into trouble".

Howell, of Princip Street, Birmingham, has previously admitted child cruelty against other children but denies murder, manslaughter, cruelty or causing or allowing the death of Alfie.

Carla Scott denies murder, manslaughter, causing or allowing the death of Alfie and child cruelty offences against Alfie and other children.

The trial continues.