Police investigating ‘appalling’ Facebook messages in Amber Peat case

Police say they are investigating a malicious message post on social media site Facebook involving the death of tragic teen, Amber Peat.
Amber Peat, body found on Westfield Lane, Mansfield.Amber Peat, body found on Westfield Lane, Mansfield.
Amber Peat, body found on Westfield Lane, Mansfield.

Rumours and gossip have plagued the internet since the 13-year-old went missing from her Mansfield home on Saturday evening.

Her body was discovered on Tuesday night in a hedgerow between Westfield Lane and Parliament Road. She was found hanged, but police have repeatedly emphasised there are no suspicious circumstances.

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Leading local officer, Inps Andy Browning addressed those involved in community searches on Tuesday evening - hours before the discovery - and urged them to ignore rumours that were being spread across the internet.

Despite her body being found, there are still those taking to Facebook and spreading wild accusations.

Police say are looking into the source of one particular posting, and responded through Facebook by saying: “We are aware of an offensive Facebook post which was seen by many people supporting our efforts to find missing Amber Peat.

“We would like to let the public know we are robustly investigating and will work hard to bring to justice anyone who publishes such appalling posts to social media.

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“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the tens of thousands of people who shared our Facebook posts in an effort to help us find Amber.

“As always your effort and support is greatly appreciated.”