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Social services director Liz Railton: ...
Social services director Liz Railton:

'Throughout this distressing episode, my prime concern has been for the welfare

and safe return of Jade and Hannah Bennett.

The letter that a number of you received earlier this week raised our hopes that

at long last Jade and Hannah might be returned and that we might be able to

restore some stability to their lives. We are disappointed that 48 hours since

the media published the letter, there has been no further contact from the


Therefore, we are proposing another course of action which we hope

will encourage Mr and Mrs Bramley to return home.

In their letter, the Bramleys asked for the girls' future to be determined by

someone independent of the county council. We feel the best way of doing this

is to ask the courts to determine what is best for the children.

The courts can hear both sides. The Bramleys can present their side of the

story and we can present ours. This way, Hannah and Jade can be represented by

the official solicitor in the court proceedings and ensure their voices are

heard too.

If Mr and Mrs Bramley come back with Jade and Hannah we will not stand in the

way of them issuing a further adoption application and resolving the long term

future of these two vulnerable little girls through the courts.

In the immediate term, we feel the court, not us, should determine where Jade

and Hannah live whilst any adoption application is being considered.

We are asking the media to print in full a letter to Mr and Mrs Bramley

from me, Liz Railton, the director of social services.

We believe that Mr and Mrs Bramley will understand the steps we are urging them

to take as we are confident that they understand the legal steps involved.

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