IN THE run-up to the 10th anniversary of Erith schoolgirl Gemma Rolfe’s death, News Shopper is planning to run a series of stories in a fresh appeal for information.

The 12-year-old Erith School pupil died after the car she was travelling in with stepfather Dean Robey was hit by a stolen van in Slade Green Road, near the junction with Canada Road, Slade Green, on May 19, 2003.

She was on her way to Guides when the accident happened at around 7pm but had to be cut from the wreckage and died at the scene.

The driver of the van fled the accident and no-one has been charged in connection with Gemma's death.

Gemma’s Mum Janet Robey, 46, has backed News Shopper’s plans and says she hopes they will finally persuade someone to come forward with information.

She said: "Every year I put my posters up around the area but what more can I say?

"It feels like you’re literally just banging your head against a wall.

"I’m really hoping for a good turnout on May 19 with people coming out and supporting the family.

"Gemma is not forgotten and we will keep fighting for her."

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce leant her support to the campaign.

She said: "As a mother of two daughters myself I cannot imagine the torment that Gemma's mother must have lived with for the past 10 years when she has been cruelly robbed of seeing her daughter grow into a woman.

"Although nothing can bring Gemma back the family have been denied the justice of seeing the person responsible caught by the police.

"Someone somewhere must no something and I would urge them to examine their conscience and come forward."

Gemma’s stepfather Dean Robey has agreed to speak about the fateful night nearly 10 years ago and former News Shopper reporter Linda Piper will be recalling how she covered the event and subsequent anniversaries.

We will try and persuade the Met to issue a fresh appeal for information and there will be full coverage of the vigil on May 19.

In next week’s edition, lookout for recollections of Gemma from Simon Price-Whittle who was one of her former teachers at Erith School.

Visit Gemma's Facebook page or get involved in the campaign at or on Twitter at

Anyone with any information should contact Bexley Police on 101 or ring Crimsestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Did you know Gemma and have any memories you would like to share? Ring 01689 885702, e-mail or tweet @NewsShopperTim