Investigation continues into abusive Facebook page

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, February 6, 2014

 

Investigation continues into abusive Facebook page

Police are continuing to investigate an offensive Facebook page created following the death of Kiri-Jade Hodgkinson.

POLICE on the Isle of Wight are continuing their investigation into an abusive Facebook page, created in the aftermath of a car crash in which 14-year-old Kiri-Jade Hodgkinson was killed.

The page was created just days after the fatal crash, which led to the deaths of Kiri-Jade, of Sandown, and 67-year-old Bembridge resident Barbara Ann Ford in January.

It was quickly closed down by the social network site following complaints about its abusive content.

Insp Terry Clawson, of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police, said the page had caused unbearable upset for Kiri-Jade’s family and friends.

A spokesman said today (Thursday): "Officers have made extensive enquiries as they continue to investigate this case. They are currently working with Facebook to establish more information about the page.

"We urge the public to show respect and compassion during a time of great sadness for the family.

"Please do not spread or encourage any gossip or rumours about what has happened, as this makes it more difficult for detectives to find out all the facts as quickly as possible.

"If you have any information that can assist with our enquiries, please contact us directly. If you come across any similar sites, please also let us know and avoid commenting on them."

Anyone with information can contact Newport CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you’ve been offended by something you’ve seen on a social media, advice and information is available at www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/abuse-against-the-person/offensive-messages-and-posts-on-social-media

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