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Candlelight tribute to schoolgirl Josie Herniman

Friends of Somerset schoolgirl Josie Herniman have left a candlelit tribute following her sudden death.

Pupils at at Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College have left heartfelt messages to the 15-year-old on a tribute page set up on Facebook, after her body was discovered in woodland on Monday.

Students gathered for a candlelit vigil on a local beach last night.

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Police: No evidence schoolgirl was being bullied

Police have urged the public not to speculate about the death of Josie Herniman, after dismissing suggestions the schoolgirl was being bullied.

Detective Sergeant Martin Longden, who is investigating on behalf of the Avon coroner, said neither police, the school or the teenager's parents were aware of any bullying.

The loss of this young life has understandably had a significant impact on the community.

While I understand people are shocked, upset and looking for answers, I must ask people to respect the family in their grief and not speculate or draw their own conclusions.

I'm aware of the speculation on social media and at this stage in our inquiries I can say that neither the police nor the school nor Josie's parents are aware of any issue with bullying.

– Martin Longden

Counter Terrorism Unit takes over Yusra Hussien investigation

The investigation into a missing schoolgirl from Bristol, believed to be travelling to Syria, has been handed to the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.

It is hoped the unit's international links will enable Yusra Hussien to be traced.

Avon and Somerset Police say they will continue to work with Yusra's family and the local community in Easton.

Teenager's death a 'complete shock' to school

A Somerset school has been left in 'complete shock" by the death of a 15-year-old pupil.

Josie Herniman, who attended Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College, was found dead on Monday evening amid claims she had been the victim of bullying.

Head teacher Shelagh Pritchard said Josie's death had come "as a complete shock to all of us".

"We are liaising with the police and getting help and expertise from education psychologists from North Somerset Council as we do all we can to support the whole school community over the coming weeks and months," headteacher Shelagh Pritchard said.

"Our thoughts are with her family at what must be an incredibly difficult time for them; she will be sadly missed by staff and students, but not forgotten."

Family 'devastated' by loss of 'bright and beautiful' Josie

The family of 15-year-old Josie Herniman who was found dead in Woodland on Monday have said they are "totally devastated" by the loss of their "bright and beautiful daughter".

We are totally devastated by the unexpected loss of our bright and beautiful daughter and wonderful sister to Ellie, Daisy, Mya and Jordan.

Our bright light has gone out and we will never see her grow and achieve all the goals she had dreamt about.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us through this sad time and our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by this.

– Paul and Zoe Herniman

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Police investigate teen's death amid bullying claims

Police are investigating the death of a teenage girl amid claims from friends that she was being bullied.

Josie Herniman who was found dead on Monday evening. Credit: Police handout

Josie Herniman, 15, a pupil at Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College, was found dead in woodland near her home in Weston Super Mare in Somerset on Monday evening.

Friends claimed the schoolgirl was being bullied, but Avon and Somerset Police said Josie's parents nor teachers were aware of "any issue of bullying".

The 15-year-old's family said they were "totally devastated" by the loss of their "bright and beautiful daughter".

"Our bright light has gone out and we will never see her grow and achieve all the goals she had dreamt about," the schoolgirl's parents, Paul and Zoe Herniman, said in a statement.

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