A Facebook page abusing a 14-year-old girl who died after a crash on Thursday, caused ‘unbearable upset’ to her family and friends.
Police are investigating the offensive Facebook page, which abused Kiri-Jade Hodgkinson, who died after a crash on Mersley Downs. It has since been taken down by Facebook. Inspector Terry Clawson said:
“The page has since been taken down but has already caused unbearable upset for Kiri-Jade’s family and friends. “We’re taking this matter very seriously and investigating it from a criminal perspective. “We’re working with Facebook and following other lines of enquiries and we will be taking appropropriate action. “If you have any information that can assist with our enquiries, please contact us directly. “If you come across any similar sites, please also let us know and avoid commenting on them.”
Facebook said it took the page down following an inquiry by Isle of Wight Radio, despite members of the public reporting it earlier yesterday. It said some of the content on the page broke Facebook’s rules – the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) – and was consequently taken down. A Facebook spokesperson said:
“Sadly, there will always be a tiny number of malicious people who are intent on harming others, online and offline. “We believe Facebook’s real name culture makes it a safer environment for all and we encourage people to report things that make them feel uncomfortable to our large and highly-trained team of safety experts who review every report in person and take action. “It is difficult to prevent this minority from behaving in this way – but once they do we will work hard to remove them from Facebook.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Peter Russell at Newport DCIC on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111. If you’ve been offended by something you’ve seen on a social media, there is more information here about what you and the police can do about it.