ITV drama Manhunt slammed by real-life mother of one of Levi Bellfield's victims

ITV’s upcoming drama Manhunt has been criticised by the mother of one of its subject’s real-life victims for airing so soon after the crimes took place.

The mother of Kate Sheedy, who was viciously attacked and left for dead by serial killer Levi Bellfield in 2004, has told Mail Online that the ordeal is still “very raw” for her family.

Although Sheedy, who was just 18-years-old at the time, survived Bellfield’s attack, her mother Eileen has suggested the commissioning of the drama is insensitive.

“What happened is still very raw, if that makes sense, for it to be made into a drama,” she explained. “It’s not that long ago. It doesn’t feel that long ago.

[Martin Clunes filming scenes for Manhunt]

“We always knew it would happen but just not in our lifetime perhaps,” she continued. “It has taken years to recover from this and to have it all brought up again like this, in the name of entertainment…”.

Digital Spy has reached out to ITV for comment.

Manhunt‘s Martin Clunes has insisted that the series will focus on the police work behind-the-scenes, rather than the murders and attempted murders of Bellfield.

Clunes will play DCI Colin Sutton, the lead detective on the investigation and the officer credited with connecting the deaths of Amélie Delagrange and Marsha McDonnell with the abduction and murder of 13-year-old Milly Dowler.

Manhunt producer Philippa Braithwaite has promised that the drama will be “a very sensitive and accurate portrayal” of the police work involved in the case, adding that the script has been “based extensively” on DCI Sutton’s personal memoirs.

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