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Theresa May 'snubs' daughter of Harrods IRA bomb victim

By Rebecca Black

The daughter of a London policeman killed in the Harrods bombing has spoken of her devastation that a second Conservative Prime Minister has refused to meet her.

Susanne Dodd's father Stephen Dodd (34) was one of three officers to die while trying to evacuate shoppers and tourists at the department store on December 17, 1983 when an IRA car bomb exploded. Three civilians also died and 90 people were injured.

Ms Dodd has been fighting with the families of the other victims to secure compensation from Libya.

The country's late leader Muammar Gaddafi supplied the IRA with the Semtex explosives used in the device.

She wrote to Theresa May asking to meet to talk about the campaign, but was knocked back. Her predecessor David Cameron also refused to meet Ms Dodd.

"My family met the Queen many years ago, and if she can find time in her busy diary I'm sure the Prime Minister can find one hour to hear from victims about what they have suffered over many years," Ms Dodd told the Evening Standard.

She received a letter stating: "The Prime Minister appreciates you taking the time to write to her. However, owing to the tremendous pressures on her diary, I regret that it will not be possible to arrange a meeting."

Ms Dodd said: "I feel like the Government does not care about the issue that victims are raising."

Docklands Victims Association chairman Jonathan Ganesh, who lost friends Inam Bashir and John Jeffries in that IRA blast in 1996, also expressed disappointment, saying British victims felt like they had been forgotten by the authorities.

The Treasury recently told Parliament that Libyan assets frozen in the UK were worth £9,467,630,000 - including cash, properties and shares.

A Downing Street spokesman said the Government hoped to secure a compensation package "once stability returns" to Libya.

On Friday there will be a second reading of Lord Empey's Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill in the House of Commons to enable the imposing of restrictions on assets owned by those involved in supplying terrorist groups in the UK with arms, for the purpose of securing compensation for UK victims.

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