06/05/2014 East Midlands Today


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report from South Africa, on the impact of the long-running Oscar

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Pistorius And now the news for the East

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Midlands, I'm Anne Davies. A coroner has recorded a suhcide

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A coroner has recorded a suicide verdict on a Leicestershire teenager

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whose death sparked a huge debate about online bullying. 14`year`old

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about online bullying. 14`ydar`old Hannah Smith was found hanged at her

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Hannah Smith was found hangdd at her home in Lutterworth last year.

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home in Lutterworth last ye`r. Today's inquest was told there was

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Today's inquest was told thdre was no evidence that she'd been

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victimised by cyber bullies. Victoria Hicks reports.

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Today's inquest heard how H`nnah Smith was a bright, polite popular

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teenager but her father, David Smith, seen arriving at today's

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Smith, seen arriving at tod`y's inquest on the far right, told how

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his daughter had been bullied inquest on the far right, told how

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his daughter had been bullied from the age of 12 by different children,

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mainly because of her eczema. the age of 12 by different children,

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mainly because of her eczema. Hannah Smith was found hanged in hdr

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bedroom by her sister in August last year. At the time her father said

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the 14`year`old had killed herself after being bullied online on the

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social networking site, Ask FM. He called for the owners of thd site to

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face criminal charges. That led to a complex police investigation which

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found messages on Hannah Smhth's account which today were described

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as vile and amounted to crilinal as vile and amounted to crilinal

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harassment. On investigating those postings, the police found the only

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person who could have made them was Hannah Smith herself. The court

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heard that neither the police nor Hannah Smith's school had been aware

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Hannah Smith's school had bden aware of the bullying or self harm

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Hannah Smith's school had been aware of the bullying or self harl which

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of the bullying or self harm which she had spoken about to her family.

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Today they left the court upset and didn't want to be interviewdd. The

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didn't want to be interviewed. The court heard evidence of Hannah

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Smith's suicidal thoughts and intentions but summing up the

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coroner, Catherine Mason, said intentions but summing up the

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coroner, Catherine Mason, said her school and her family could not have

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known what she was about to do that morning and on hearing all the facts

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the coroner recorded a verdhct morning and on hearing all the facts

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the coroner recorded a verdict of suicide.

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Earlier I spoke to Jon Brown who's from the children's charity, the

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NSPCC. I began by asking him how common are cases like this?

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We're not aware at the NSPCC of a case like this previously where

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someone has sent themselves bullying messages. It clearly indicates a

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high degree of upset and distress on the part of Hannah and clearly it

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seems she was using a social networking site as a platform for a

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cry for help. It almost seels networking site as a platform for a

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cry for help. It almost seems quite cry for help. It almost seels quite

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a dangerous thing that somebody in that state uses the Internet.

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Increasingly, children and xoung Increasingly, children and xoung

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people are living significant proportions of their lives online

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and the difference between life online and off`line is increasingly

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online and off`line is incrdasingly becoming kind of quite blurred and

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quite irrelevant, I think, increasingly for children and young

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people. In a sense it was perhaps people. In a sense it was perhaps

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quite understandable and quite normal that Hannah would take to

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online to ventilate her feelings of upset and distress. Very briefly,

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upset and distress. Very brhefly, where parents might normally pick

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where parents might normallx pick things up in real life, what should

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they be doing to make sure their children aren't expressing their

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cries for help online, which they are unaware of? It's really

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important to try to keep channels of important to try to keep ch`nnels of

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communication open between parents and children. Parents need to feel

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enabled and supported to know how to have that conversation with their

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children, how to keep that conversation open to ensure they are

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OK, they are feeling OK, whdther that is online or off`line. I think

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it's also a big important role for industry, for social networking

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sites to keep an eye on what is going on on their sites and for a

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really strongly lead from government, as well. Indeed, Jon we

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will leave it there, thank xou very will leave it there, thank you very

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much. The body of an RAF officer from

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Leicestershire, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, has

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helicopter crash in Afghanistan has been repatriated. Flight Lieutenant

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Rakesh Chauhan was among five servicemen who

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their Lynx helicopter crashed in what the Ministry of Defencd

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their Lynx helicopter crashdd in what the Ministry of Defence has

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what the Ministry of Defencd has described as a tragic accident.

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Quentin Rayner reports. Shortly after 1:30pm this afternoon,

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the servicemen came home. As a C`17 transport plane flew in frol Camp

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Bastion and touched down at Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire. Slowly and

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with great care and dignity, each of the five coffins were carridd off

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the aircraft by a bearing party. the aircraft by a bearing p`rty

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Investigations continue into how they lost their lives when a

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Investigations continue into how they lost their lives when ` Lynx

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they lost their lives when a Lynx helicopter they were travelling in

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crashed last month. Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan w`s an

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crashed last month. Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan was an RAF

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intelligence officer whose family run a sari business in Leicester.

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intelligence officer whose family run a sari business in Leicdster. He

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run a sari business in Leicester. He was described as charismatic, loyal

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and an exceptional officer. capital. Don't miss it on your local

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BBC radio station from 6pm. We've had some fairly pleasant we`ther

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over the last couple of days, good timing for the bank holiday at the

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best is now behind us as it is getting wetter. Tomorrow's rain will

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be in the form of showers btt getting wetter. Tomorrow's rain will

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be in the form of showers but there be in the form of showers but there

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will be some brighter bits. We have seen few showers this evening and

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are few more will come in in the early hours of the morning. The

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breeze. To pick up. It is a mild night and temperatures down to nine

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or 10 degrees. Tomorrow, bright night and temperatures down to nine

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or 10 degrees. Tomorrow, brhght and breezy start. There will be showers

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around first thing and those breezy start. There will be showers

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around first thing and thosd may well merge to become quite a wet

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day. The best chance of any bright weather will be across southern part

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of Leicestershire and it will be cooler thanks to the breeze and 15

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or 16 degrees. The outlook stays pretty unsettled. That is it. Good

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night. on Friday as well. I rather wet

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start the weekend and it will be blustery during the week. As you may

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have just heard, our weather is taking a turn for the worse. Some

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lovely weather on the Spanish Costas. We leave that behind and

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find low-pressure close by the British Isles. Behind

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