DROITWICH'S MP and the Police and Crime Commissioner have said lessons need to be learned in the case of Alfie Steele to prevent future child murders. 

Nigel Huddleston is the MP for Mid Worcestershire which covers Droitwich where Alfie Steele was murdered in February 2021.

He has issued a statement after Dirk Howell and Carla Scott were found guilty of killing the nine-year-old boy. 

The MP said: “The mother of Alfie Steele and her partner have been found guilty of causing his death.

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"The death of someone so young is heartbreaking and the details of the case are absolutely horrendous.

"It is distressing for any normal parent or human being to hear the details of Alfie's murder and learn about the horrific treatment Alfie received in the last few months of his life.

"The circumstances of Alfie's death also raise many questions.  

"An independent safeguarding review is underway. We must endeavour to learn lessons from Alfie's murder to help ensure that such a horrific event never happens again.

"I call on all appropriate authorities and stakeholders to engage openly and constructively in the review.”




Following the verdict at Coventry Crown Court on Tuesday, (June 13) West Mercia Police Crime Commissioner John Campion said: "This is a truly horrifying case which has seen an innocent young child lose his life, due to the sickening actions of two adults who had a duty to protect, love and nurture, Alfie.

“While the guilty verdict will deliver some form of justice for Alfie, it can never truly reflect his suffering at their hands.

“If there are any lessons to be learnt, I will use all the powers available to me to support local partners, organisations and West Mercia Police so abusers have no place to hide in West Mercia.”