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Missing girl's mother slams media

PUBLISHED: 15:28 21 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:21 11 August 2010

Missing Lisa Wright

Missing Lisa Wright

THE MOTHER of schoolgirl, Lisa Wright has launched a scathing attack on the international media circus surrounding her daughter s disappearance, saying that the POST is the only paper she would trust in the future. Angela Wright, who last week made an

THE MOTHER of schoolgirl, Lisa Wright has launched a scathing attack on the international 'media circus' surrounding her daughter's disappearance, saying that the POST is the only paper she would trust in the future.

Angela Wright, who last week made an appeal for her daughter to return home after she went missing on April 28, claims she has been treated appallingly by the national press.

She said: "It just went mad. People were banging on the door, and the phone hasn't stopped ringing.

"It got to the point where I didn't even know who I was talking to anymore."

Angela says she feels she has been betrayed by the media, and that they have taken much of what she told them out of context.

She said: "They came here claiming they could help me, but then I opened the papers next day and couldn't believe it.

"They'd twisted everything I'd said, and simply made up the rest of it.

"I have learned my lesson when it comes to the nationals. If I ever went to a newspaper again it would only be the POST."

The story of Lisa's disappearance with 46-year-old Barking man, Nigel Trowbridge was picked up by the tabloids, and has been reported in papers as far away as America.

"It's crazy" Angela said. "All I wanted was to make an appeal for Lisa to come home - these people said they would help.

"Everybody assumes I have made money out of the story, but I haven't received a penny.

"Someone out there has made thousands out of it, but it certainly isn't me."

Angela says she now knows where her daughter is, and that Lisa has no intention of coming home or sitting her exams.

She said: "I don't understand it. She's not old enough to buy a pack of cigarettes or to vote, but apparently she's old enough to live with a man three times her age.

"I've done everything I can to get her home but I can't change the law."

Angela is also disgusted by the way the Trowbridge family has been portrayed in the press, and is upset by the tension it has caused between the two families, who have known each other for years.

She said: "I just want to apologise to the Trowbridge family.

"I didn't say the things that the newspapers reported about them.

"Why would I drag their name through the mud? It's my baby granddaughter's name too."

According to Angela, it is thanks to the Trowbridge family that she has any idea where Lisa is.

"They have done nothing but help me" she said.

"They are as disgusted with Nigel as we are, and have disowned him.

"It wasn't the police or the press who found Lisa, it was his family.


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