POLICE have today (Tuesday) launched an investigation to catch those responsible for a malicious Facebook page, created in the aftermath of a car crash which claimed the life of a 14-year-old Isle of Wight girl.
The page, created yesterday, was quickly closed down by the social network site following complaints about its abusive content.
It contained offensive and malicious posts about Sandown teenager Kiri-Jade Hodgkinson, who died on Thursday in a two-car collision on the Mersley Down Road.
Brading pensioner Barbara Ann Ford, 67, also died in the crash, and three other people were injured.
Insp Terry Clawson, of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police, said: "The page has since been taken down but has already caused unbearable upset for Kiri-Jade’s family and friends.
"We’re taking this matter very seriously and investigating it from a criminal perspective. We’re working with Facebook and following other lines of enquiries and we will be taking appropropriate action.
"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 is asked to contact DC Peter Russell at 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