Amelie’s last ride

Amelie De­la­grange went out one night look­ing for fun, a few drinks and a good time. In­stead she found Levi Bell­field

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Mur­derer Levi Bell­field is now safely un­der lock and key after com­mit­ting a string of hor­rific crimes against young women and girls, in­clud­ing the mur­der of 13- year- old Milly Dowler.

Amelie De­la­grange, a 22- year- old French stu­dent, was one of his vic­tims. Board­ing a bus for a night out in West Lon­don, this CCTV im­age is one of the last mo­ments she was seen alive. It shows the French stu­dent board­ing the 267 bus out­side a lo­cal pub, the Old Post Sort­ing House. Later, about 20 min­utes after this im­age was cap­tured, she made the fate­ful de­ci­sion to take a short­cut across a cricket field in Twick­en­ham Green.

Un­for­tu­nately no cam­eras caught Bell­field, al­though he would have been close at hand at the time. De­la­grange was un­aware and vul­ner­a­ble to a preda­tor like him. Just an­other young woman out for a few drinks and a good time, she didn’t have a care in the world. But for Bell­field she was a vic­tim made to or­der.

Amelie De­la­grange hadn’t done any­thing to catch Bell­field’s eye. She hadn’t pro­voked him, flirted with him or re­jected him. She’d done noth­ing out of place or out of line. She sim­ply had the ter­ri­ble mis­for­tune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Bell­field was even­tu­ally con­victed in 2008.

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