Tributes paid to 14-year-old found hanged in Spennymoor

The Northern Echo: Tributes at the house where the teenager died Tributes at the house where the teenager died

TRIBUTES have been paid to a 14-year-old girl found hanged at a house party.

The teenager, named locally as Sarah Clerkson, was discovered in the early hours of Sunday (December 8) by party-goers at a house on Ash Grove, in Spennymoor, County Durham.

Miss Clerkson, of Sunderland, had been put to bed after she fell ill.

Unable to rouse her two hours later, the bedroom door was kicked open and she was found hanging.

Host John Moore, 16, told how he tried to revive Miss Clerkson before she was rushed to the University Hospital of North Durham. She died later.

Tributes have now been paid to the schoolgirl on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook.

Khalid Tilbury wrote: "RIP Sarah. You’ve gone too soon and at such a young age. Heaven has gained another angel."

While Sophie Carr posted "RIP Sarah. Have a Merry Christmas up there with the angels xx."

Amanda Bewick added: "You must have been a lovely girl. RIP sweetheart. God takes the best and leaves the mess."

It has been reported that Miss Clerkson had been bullied in the weeks before her death, but these claims have not been substantiated.

It is understood Miss Clerkson, a student at Whitworth Park School and Sixth Form College, in Spennymoor, was in foster care provided by Sunderland City Council.

A council spokesman said: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

“It would be inappropriate to speculate on what may have led to her death and to risk further upsetting family and friends.”

Durham Constabulary has said there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

A remembrance event for Miss Clerkson is to be held at Hardwick Park, in Sedgefield, County Durham, on Friday (December 13) at 6.30pm.

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8:06am Thu 12 Dec 13

JimSilverwright says...

"fell ill" yet in your first story you described it as "Miss Clerkson, originally from Sunderland, had gone to the party in Ash Grove on Saturday at about 8.30pm but was put to bed in a back bedroom after being sick." ""There was alcohol, but no drugs, and everyone was relaxed.""
"fell ill" yet in your first story you described it as "Miss Clerkson, originally from Sunderland, had gone to the party in Ash Grove on Saturday at about 8.30pm but was put to bed in a back bedroom after being sick." ""There was alcohol, but no drugs, and everyone was relaxed."" JimSilverwright

9:01am Thu 12 Dec 13

stone-rose says...

irrespective of "Blah statements" a young woman sadly lost her life , have some respect. ( Bottom Paragraph 4th line ) it would be inappropriate to speculate the cause of her death and risk upsetting her friends,
irrespective of "Blah statements" a young woman sadly lost her life , have some respect. ( Bottom Paragraph 4th line ) it would be inappropriate to speculate the cause of her death and risk upsetting her friends, stone-rose

1:01pm Thu 12 Dec 13

JimSilverwright says...

But 14 and 16yr olds should not be drinking alcohol. That is why it is against the law, because it is a mind altering substance which can lead to bad consequences particularly with young minds. The law is there for a reason.
But 14 and 16yr olds should not be drinking alcohol. That is why it is against the law, because it is a mind altering substance which can lead to bad consequences particularly with young minds. The law is there for a reason. JimSilverwright

2:36pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Butafly says...

1st comment above was only a quote from the papers 1st story about this young girl.


Rest in peace Sarah, i don't know you but for a life of problems which made you do this, my thoughts are with anyone close who knew you.
Too many think its the easy way out, i have experienced this many years ago and know how people close to Sarah wil be feeling,its awful. People should feel there are others out there they can turn to, very sad being such a young girl, thoughts are with those left behind family,carers&friend
s who are left with the heartache.
1st comment above was only a quote from the papers 1st story about this young girl. Rest in peace Sarah, i don't know you but for a life of problems which made you do this, my thoughts are with anyone close who knew you. Too many think its the easy way out, i have experienced this many years ago and know how people close to Sarah wil be feeling,its awful. People should feel there are others out there they can turn to, very sad being such a young girl, thoughts are with those left behind family,carers&friend s who are left with the heartache. Butafly

3:05pm Thu 12 Dec 13

maur1 says...

such an awfull thing to happen sad when a young person does this
such an awfull thing to happen sad when a young person does this maur1

3:27pm Thu 12 Dec 13

stone-rose says...

I do hope that the allegation of knuckle dragging bullying morons are unfounded and if so i hope the outcome for them is a very horrible one ,This is so heart wrenching what a beautiful young lady . very sad . My condolences to the family and those who knew her RIP Sarah
I do hope that the allegation of knuckle dragging bullying morons are unfounded and if so i hope the outcome for them is a very horrible one ,This is so heart wrenching what a beautiful young lady . very sad . My condolences to the family and those who knew her RIP Sarah stone-rose

4:31pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Jackaranda says...

**** shame!!
**** shame!! Jackaranda

4:34pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Jackaranda says...

Why asterisk Delta Alpha Mike November, you morons, it looks like I swore!!!
Why asterisk Delta Alpha Mike November, you morons, it looks like I swore!!! Jackaranda

4:34pm Thu 12 Dec 13

NO EINSTEIN says...

THERE IS NO GOD ITS OFFICIAL,,,,, This is so so sad, the poor family, I just don't know how or if you can cope with such a tragedy, im not sure I could.
THERE IS NO GOD ITS OFFICIAL,,,,, This is so so sad, the poor family, I just don't know how or if you can cope with such a tragedy, im not sure I could. NO EINSTEIN

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