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Police appeal over wall fall death

Police are appealing for witnesses to an accident in which a 12-year-old girl died after falling from a wall at a youth centre.

Nicole Hartup died in hospital following the accident at the Phoenix Club in Burnthouse Lane, Exeter, on Friday night.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the schoolgirl fell from an 8ft high wall and despite immediate help from youth workers and staff from a nearby sports centre, Nicole died in hospital.

It is thought that some of the local children also went to help Nicole, who had been playing with her friends when the incident happened.

Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The cause of the death is yet to be established, although police are not treating it as suspicious at this time.

Officers are speaking to a number of children and potential witnesses as part of the investigation and appealing for anyone who may have information to contact police.

Detective Sergeant Gary Matthews said: "I believe there were a lot of people in the area at the time of this very sad incident.

"I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident, or the events before and after, to please contact the police.

"The police are continuing to work closely with Nicole's mum Wendy and her family to provide emotional support through this difficult time.

"Wendy wishes to pass on her sincere thanks to everyone who came to the aid of her daughter and looked after her, as well as the ambulance staff, hospital and police for their support.

"She reserved special thanks to those who comforted Nicole and gave CPR in an attempt to resuscitate her."

A memorial event has been planned for the schoolgirl, who was a student at Isca College of Media Arts in Exeter, as family and friends took to social media to pay tribute to a "gorgeous young lady".

Sabina Denham, the girl's aunt, wrote on Facebook: "My gorgeous, beautiful niece Nicole Hartup has gone to live with the angels.

"As everyone can imagine the family are absolutely devastated beyond words. Please respect our family's wishes while we are going through this awful grieving stage.

"Nicole Hartup you are now your mum and dad's shining star xx xx R.I.P darling lots of love all of your family....We love you xxxxxxxxxx."

Also paying tribute, William Lambshead wrote: "My very very pretty niece is now playing with the angels and her new friends. Rest peacefully babe."


From Belfast Telegraph