Funeral of cyber-bullying victim

The funeral took place on Friday of Hannah Smith from Lutterworth who killed herself after being bullied online.

Funeral of cyber-bullying victim - full report

by Jane Hesketh

The friends of a teenager who took her own life after being bullied online wore bright coloured clothes today at her funeral.

Hundreds turned out to say goodbye to 14-year-old Hannah Smith who was targeted by cyber bullies on the social networking site Ask FM. Her father David said he wanted today's service to be a celebration of her life.

Jane Hesketh reports

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Hannah funeral 'a fitting tribute'

The vicar who led the funeral of 14-year-old cyberbullying victim Hannah Smith called the service "a fitting tribute".

Rev Charlie Styles said: "There were obvious tears and it was quite heartbreaking really to hear, especially some of the younger people, some of Hannah's friends sobbing.

"But the overall tone of the service, and the tone really of today, was a feeling of celebration and laughter even amidst the tears.

"It was a fitting tribute to Hannah - the music choices were the sort of thing that she loved, that she liked to dance to or sing in the shower, which was just wonderful to be able to do and I think, as well, we managed to express some of the sadness that we're all feeling."

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Coffin carried into church by Hannah Smith's father

by Jane Hesketh

Hannah Smith's purple coffin was carried into St Mary's Church in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, by her father.

It was covered in a plastic sheet as the rain fell relentlessly.

Dave Smith carries his daughter's coffin into the church Credit: ITV News Central

Reverend Charlie Styles read extracts from a book of remembrance to Hannah, in which the 14-year-old was described as kind, loving and a good friend to all.

He said she warmed everyone's hearts and will be missed.

Mourners arrive at funeral of Hannah Smith

by Jane Hesketh

Mourners have begun to arrive at St Mary's Church in Lutterworth for the funeral of 14-year-old Hannah Smith.

She took her own life on the 2nd of August after being relentlessly bullied on the social networking site Ask.fm.

Mourners arrive at the church Credit: ITV News Central

Her coffin will be carried into the church by her father, Dave. Mourners have all been asked to wear bright colours.

In a statement, Ask.fm have said they will delay the findings of the internal report of their site's safety until after the funeral as a mark of respect to Hannah's family.

After the service, 100 balloons will be released outside the church.

Cyber-bullying victim's funeral

The funeral of a teenager who took her own life after being bullied online will take place today.

14-year-old Hannah Smith from Lutterworth in Leicestershire was found hanged in her bedroom by her sister earlier this month after being targeted on the website Ask.fm.

Hannah Smith, 14, died after receiving abusive messages on ask.fm Credit: Family Photo

Hannah's father, Dave Smith, has asked for her friends to wear bright colours and onesies to the funeral at St Mary's in Lutterworth.