Alice Gross murder: Sister criticises BBC Question Time over 'insensitive' debate

Nina Gross hit out at the show’s reference to her sister’s murder as ‘extremely insensitive’

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The family of the murdered teenager Alice Gross has criticised the BBC’s show Question Time after it featured a debate relating to the 14-year-old’s death.

Nina Gross called the immigration debate which had related to her sister’s death “extremely insensitive and horrible”.

“This is a personal tragedy which we want to deal with privately, rather than fearing anyone using it for any political agenda,” she tweeted.

“It is extremely insensitive to use my family’s tragedy for political agendas and discussion. This is a time of grief for our family,” she said in another.

 

The programme apologised to Nina Gross on Twitter, stating: “Dear Nina, we’re sorry to hear this. We’re really sorry for any hurt or offence caused by tonight’s programme.” 

Nina replied: “Thank you.”

Alice Gross’s body was found in the River Brent on Tuesday evening. She had been missing from her home in Hanwell, west London, since 28 August. A murder investigation has since been launched.

Police officers are still looking to question Latvian Arnis Zalkalns, 41, the convicted murder who settled in the UK after serving a prison sentence for the murder of his wife.

Zalkalns was seen cycling along a tow path in Hanwell, 15 minutes after Alice was seen walking in the same area, which were her last known movements.

On Thursday night’s Question Time, a presenter David Dimbleby said a question had been submitted to the panel referring to the “hideous murder of Alice Gross,” relating to immigration.

The question submitted was: “Should there be freedom of movement including convicted criminals across EU borders?”

The following discussion lasted for about eight minutes.  

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