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Sunday 21 September 2014

TV's Kelly weeps at Dunblane memory

Lorraine Kelly was interviewed by Piers Morgan

TV host Lorraine Kelly broke down in tears during a chat show interview as she recalled the young victims of the Dunblane school massacre.

Lorraine, who reported on the 1996 tragedy, told Piers Morgan that she was invited by the parents of five-year-old victim Joanna Ross to see her lying in a coffin in her bedroom.

"We talked and talked and talked for ages and then Pam and Kenny said 'Do you want to see her?' And Joanna was upstairs," she said on the Life Stories show.

"When I saw her she was just lying there. She just looked asleep. But she was on her bed in a little white coffin with her wee nightie on.

"Anybody that thinks it's a good idea to allow anyone access to weapons that can do that should have been in that room and should have seen that little girl."

The ITV Daybreak presenter, whose daughter Rosie was a toddler at the time of the mass shooting, also described seeing Joanna's handprints on the window of the family home.

"Joanna had obviously rushed to the window and her handprints were still on the window. Obviously, you're never going to wipe those away. It just brought it home to you so vividly what they'd lost," she said.

"Her whole future, that beautiful child and all of those children."

Almost 17 years have passed since gunman Thomas Hamilton shot 16 primary school children and their teacher dead before killing himself.

:: Piers Morgan's Life Stories is on ITV at 9pm.

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