Northumbria Police have charged a man in relation to online comments made about teenager Caitlin Ruddy. She died at the weekend after being swept into the sea at Cullercoats.
Martin Paul, who is 25, and from the Burnage Lane area of Manchester, has been charged with a malicious communications offence.
He will appear at Manchester / Salford Magistrates court today.
The grandfather of a 15-year-old girl who was swept out to sea and later died in hospital has said there should be protection put in place to stop it happening again.
Caitlin Ruddy was swept off the North Pier at Cullercoats, North Tyneside, by a large wave on Saturday evening. She was taken by ambulance to Cramlington Hospital in a critical condition and later died after a cardiac arrest.
Her grandfather Thomas Ruddy said it 'might be other children' if protection isn't put in place.
The headteacher of Caitlin Ruddy's former school have said she was a very popular pupil and 'full of fun'. Caitlin attended Kenton School for three years until last summer when she moved to Newcastle College. The school's principal Sarah Holmes-Carne said they were very proud of their former pupil.
Newcastle College has released a statement following the death of student Caitlin Ruddy.
“We are shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Caitlin was popular and well liked and will be greatly missed by staff and students. Our thoughts and condolences are with Caitlin’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”
The parents Caitlin Ruddy, who died after being swept into the sea, have paid tribute to her.Read the full story ›
The parents of Caitlin Ruddy, who died in hospital after being swept out to sea on North Tyneside, have said in an interview with ITV News Tyne Tees that she 'loved life' and 'made everybody smile.'
Sabrina and Ashley Cook also said that the news of their daughter's death 'hadn't really sunk in'.
A 15-year-old girl who was swept out to sea and later died in hospital been named as Caitlin Ruddy.
Caitlin was swept off the North Pier at Cullercoats, North Tyneside, by a large wave yesterday evening.
A rescue effort was launched by the Coastguard, RNLI and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, although it was a member of the public who pulled Caitlin from the water on the South side of the pier.
She was taken by ambulance to Cramlington Hospital in a critical condition and later died after a cardiac arrest.
Following the death of a 15-year-old girl who was swept out to sea on North Tyneside last night, the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade has given a stark warning about the dangers of the sea in winter.
Peter Lilley, who's team coordinated the attempted rescue of the girl from the shore, told ITV News Tyne Tees that even if the sea looks inviting at this time of year, the cold water and waves can easily overpower bathers.
Flowers have been left in tribute to a teenage girl who died after being pulled from the water in North Tyneside.
Police were called to Cullercoats Bay last night after a group of teenagers were seen on the north pier, where the sea was running high.
Three managed to walk back to safety, a girl of 15, and a boy 14, and girl 14, but the fourth teenager, a 15-year-old girl, was swept into the water by a large wave.
Coastguard and RNLI were called to assist, and a member of the public rescued the 15-year-old girl from the water on the south side of the bay.
She was taken by ambulance to Cramlington Hospital but died in hospital last night.
A 15-year-old girl has died in hospital after being swept into the sea and rescued by a member of the public at Cullercoats Bay.Read the full story ›