The father who campaigned for Clare's Law has released a haunting letter that was written but never sent by his daughter to her killer ex-boyfriend.

Clare Wood, a 36 year-old single mum from Salford, was strangled and set on fire by her violent and obsessive partner George Appleton on February 2, 2009.

She had met 40 year-old Appleton on Facebook, but chose to end the relationship after ten months - having found out that he had affairs with four other women he had met online.

Police launched a nationwide manhunt for her killer who was found hanged in a derelict pub six days later.

Clare had repeatedly contacted Greater Manchester Police claiming Appleton had caused criminal damage as well as harassed, threatened to kill and sexually assaulted her in the months before her murder.

Killer George Appleton

The mum-of-one had a panic alarm installed at her home after she made an allegation of attempted rape against Appleton, who was arrested a week before her death for smashing down her front door.

Her father, Michael Brown, campaigned for the introduction of Clare's Law because he believed her death could have been prevented if she had known about her partner's violent past.

The law was introduced in 2014 and allows the police to disclose information about a partner's previous history of domestic violence or violent acts.

Now, 10 years on from his daughter's murder, Michael, of South Elmsall, West Yorkshire, has released a handwritten letter which reveals her hidden fears.

The letter had been discovered in the back pages of an otherwise empty notebook by former prison officer Michael while he was collecting her belongings.

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It reads: "There is no easy way to say this, but I don't want to be with you, too much has happened.

"I am so unhappy, I am at the stage where I don't even like you touching me and that feeling is never going to go

"You still scare me, and I can't be with someone I am frightened of.

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"Don't contact me. That's the way it needs to be. I need to get on with my life. If you have any feeling for me you will let me do this.

"Don't use this as an excuse to go off the rails. Bear in mind you were lucky enough not to go to prison again and I did give you a chance and I had to do this by letter because you just won't listen to me at all.

MURDERED: Clare Wood
MURDERED: Clare Wood

"I have told you before how I feel and you have chosen to ignore it hoping it will go away, it hasn't.

"Each day I feel worse.

"I have to consider my daughter, also and after all you've done, I can't have you back. It's not fair on her and she knows I would never be happy with you. She can never trust you either.

"Take care, I mean it. Clare."

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Tragically Clare was never able to send the letter before she was killed.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) concluded Clare had been let down by "individual and systemic" failures by Greater Manchester Police (GMP).