A POLICE hunt for a violent thug has “gone to sleep” eight months after she disappeared.
The Chronicle raised the case of 16-year-old Georgie Yewart with Chester’s top judge after an apparent lack of police progress.
Recorder of Chester Judge Elgan Edwards berated Cheshire Police and demanded to know where investigations were up to.
Bringing the case back to court, he said: “Has any thought been given to the way forward? Have they considered a publicity campaign?
“It is causing some concern. I’m very grateful to the local paper, which wrote a story that the victim feels let down by the system.
“There needs to be proactive police work rather than just responding to the leads.”
The case had to be heard twice after Cheshire Police failed to present the information the first time.
Yewart, of Vale Road, Woolton, Liverpool, pleaded guilty last May to a baseball bat attack on Whipcord Lane, Chester, against students Rosie Blumenthal and Aimee Clark. But while co-defendant Bianca White was sentenced, Yewart fled.
Merseyside Police exhausted all leads and handed the case back to Cheshire, who waited on getting new information or randomly stopping her for another crime.
But since the court hearing, police told The Chronicle they have been building an investigation they are not at liberty to discuss.
On Monday, Sergeant Jason Carr told the court Cheshire Police phoned Yewart’s mother’s mobile last summer, and her details are on the national computer.
Judge Edwards said: “It is surprising the matter has to be raised by the local paper. It would not have been a bad idea if the police raised the matter subsequently.
“I am very unhappy that they are going to wait on the off chance that she is stopped for something else.
“As far as Cheshire Police are concerned, nothing has been done.”
Supporting The Chronicle’s application to lift Yewart’s anonymity, he added: “Anything we can do to get her back into view is worth doing. This is an interesting and worrying situation. Efforts should be made in Spain and with the passport agency.
“I am grateful to the Chester Chronicle for re-awakening this matter.”