Councillors to discuss teenage Connor Tremble's death with social services

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TWO councillors are hoping to meet with social services after the death of a teenager in council care.

Connor Tremble, 17, right, died last month after he was found stabbed at his flat in Fairacres Road, Oxford on February 13. He had been under Oxfordshire County Council’s care since December 2012.

Iffley Fields councillors Elise Benjamin and David Williams have asked to meet with the authority’s social services department about his death.

Ms Benjamin said: “David Williams and I will be meeting with county officers to look at how this unfortunate incident could have occurred.

“We have also been working with local police to reassure residents that this would appear to be an isolated incident.

“We also wish to pass on our condolences to Connor’s family.”

The county council would not comment on the meeting.

Connor’s death came two months after 17-year-old Jayden Parkinson went missing from a council-funded hostel in Iffley Road, Oxford.

The county council was criticised after failings in care of vulnerable girls, in council care, who were groomed and sexually assaulted by the Bullfinch gang.

William Blencowe, 20, of Oxford Road, Banbury, has been charged with Connor’s murder. He is next due to appear at Oxford Crown Count on May 30 for a plea and case management hearing.

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