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Verdict of death by misadventure for teen killed by tree

An inquest into the death of a Kent schoolgirl, who was killed when a tree fell onto the caravan she was sleeping in, has recorded a verdict of death by misadventure.

Bethany Freeman, who was 17-years-old, died when a 30ft tree fell on the mobile home last October in Hever.

Bethany was pronounced dead at the scene following efforts to try and revive her.

Coroner Roger Hatch expressed his sympathy to the family, saying Bethany's death happened during extremely high winds which adversely affected the tree which "unfortunately and tragically landed on the caravan."

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Inquest into the death of teenager Bethany Freeman

An inquest into the death of a 17-year-old girl, who was killed when a tree fell onto the caravan she was sleeping in, is due to open today.

Bethany Freeman died when a 30ft tree fell on the mobile home last October in Edenbridge during the storms.

Neighbours tried to free her but she was sadly declared dead at the scene.

Bethany and her family had been living in the mobile home while renovation work was taking place at their home nearby, according to local people.

Bethany Freeman was killed when a 30ft tree fell on the caravan she was sleeping in Credit: ITV Meridian

Hockey club tribute to storm victim

Bethany Freeman Credit: ITV Meridian

A hockey club held a moment of silence and a minute's applause for a former player who was killed when a tree fell on her caravan earlier this week. Bethany Freeman, 17, was asleep when the tree came down in Hever, Kent. Edenbridge Hockey Club held the tribute before a match earlier today.

Bethany was a Gold Olympic Young Ambassador in 2012, and played with several sports clubs around Kent, coaching younger girls at school and at various clubs.

Full report: Who is the 2013 celebrity Guy?

Around this time every year someone somewhere receives the news that they are to be burned at the stake or at least that their thirty-foot effigy will be.

They learn that they have been picked as a Bonfire Society's annual 'guy'. Previous 'victims' have included Lance Armstrong, Cherie Blair, Katie Price, Gordon Brown and Russell Brand.

So who've they gone for this year? Well here's a clue: her effigy carries the words "speak before you think". Derek Johnson reports.

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Wayne Rooney, Tony Blair... Now it's Katie Hopkins turn!

A 30 foot effigy of outspoken television personality Katie Hopkins will be burned this weekend in Kent.

A steel-framed model of Katie will go up in flames this weekend at Edenbridge's annual bonfire night.

Lance Armstrong, Wayne Rooney and Tony Blair have previously been chosen as celebrity guys.

Artist Frank Shepherd said that they would welcome Katie Hopkins to set fire her effigy!

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