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Inquest: teenager commits suicide following death of Facebook friend

A 14-year-old found hanging in a children's home had written 'RIP Sarah' on her hot water bottle in tribute to a Facebook friend who was also in care and had recently died suddenly, an inquest heard.

Troubled Danielle Formosa, from Sunderland, was taken out of secure accommodation and taken to a home in Consett, County Durham, two weeks before she was found dead in December 2013.

That was despite a proper psychological assessment not taking place amid confusion between agencies as to who was responsible for it, coroner Andrew Tweddle heard.

He found that Danielle, who had a history of taking legal highs and may have been a victim of child sexual exploitation to pay for them, killed herself, and he formally recorded a conclusion of suicide.

A serious case review will report into Danielle's death, and that of Sarah Clerkson, also 14, and in care and from Sunderland, who was found hanging at a party the same month.

At a separate inquest last week Mr Tweddle recorded an open verdict into Sarah's death, as he could not be certain she meant to kill herself.


Fifty jobs under threat at Consett factory

Fifty jobs are under threat at Nampak Plastics in Consett, County Durham Credit: ITV

More than fifty jobs are under threat at a bottle making factory in Consett, County Durham.

Nampak Plastics has announced a 30-day consultation with staff about plans to close the plant. Eric Collins, Managing Director of Nampak Plastics said:

It is with regret that Nampak Plastics has entered into a period of consultation with a number of team members regarding the possible closure of the Consett site.

For commercial reasons, the business is looking at ways to reduce its cost base and these consultations are a result of that.

All affected staff are being spoken to about ways of reducing redundancy numbers and alternative employment.

– Eric Collins, Managing Director of Nampak Plastics

It is another blow for the town after 300 jobs were also lost at KP Snacks.

A 30-day consultation period has now started at the factory Credit: ITV

Two charged over theft of a 9-year-olds bike

A 33-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman, both local to Consett, were formally charged with handling stolen goods.

Three men and one woman, all from the Derwentside area, were arrested in connection with the burglary of three bicycles, including nine-year-old Tilly Lockey's specially-adapted model, which was later recovered, as she lost her hands and toes to meningitis in 2007.

The other two men, aged 26 and 29, were released with no further action for that offence, but the elder man was charged with cultivation of cannabis and the other was also bailed in relation to a drugs offence.

The 33-year old man and 36-year-old woman will appear before magistrates at Consett on the morning of Tuesday, 11th November.

Tilly and her mother Sarah Lockey at a fundraiser for a new bike. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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