Ten years on Erith schoolgirl Gemma Rolfe’s mum appeals for new information

PUBLISHED: 12:45 13 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:52 13 May 2013

Gemma Rolfe and her mum Janet Robey

Gemma Rolfe and her mum Janet Robey


Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of Erith schoolgirl Gemma Rolfe being killed by a hit-and-run driver.

No-one has been brought to justice and her mum Janet Robey is hopeful the increased exposure brought about by the landmark anniversary will encourage someone to come forward.

The 46-year-old said: “The appeals haven’t been successful yet but someone out there must know what happened.

“The more publicity we can get the better, I don’t care if we have to stop traffic because the area is so busy.”

The family are asking people to bring balloons to release into the night sky at the junction of Canada Road and Slade Green Road where Gemma died on May 19, 2003, and a minute’s silence will be held at 7.15pm.

The 12-year-old Erith School pupil was heading to Guides with her stepfather Dean Robey when their car was hit by a stolen van.

Gemma was cut free from the wreckage but died at the scene and her family, including brother Kye who named his daughter after Gemma, have struggled to achieve closure.

But Janet said that she is certain Gemma will receive justice one day.

“I will never stop until I find out the truth. I owe Gemma that.

“All she said to me on the day she left the house for the last time was “goodbye mum.” It’s not enough.

“I’ve never believed we won’t get justice. The support we’ve received is unbelievable and it seems to have been stepped up a notch as this is the 10th anniversary. People have gone the extra mile and we really appreciate it.”

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce wrote to London Mayor Boris Johnson last week to ask him to call on the Met to reissue a new request for further information.

Members of the public are welcome to attend on Sunday.

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