Accrington centre pledges safety review after death of teenage girl

Blackburn Citizen: The Arndale Centre The Arndale Centre

THE owner of Accrington’s Arndale Centre has promised to look at safety measures following the death of a teenage girl.

Lauren Johnson, 17, fell to her death from the centre’s car park on Thursday.

More than 2,200 people have joined a Facebook group calling for the Arndale Centre, in Union Street, to be ‘made safe or knocked down’.

The group was created by Sarah Clitheroe, who has since called for people to march from Accrington Town Hall to the Arndale Centre, at 11am on Saturday, June 21.

She said: “We want to get our voices heard. We will be getting in touch with the police because I need to tell them something is taking place.”

Arndale Centre Holdings said in a statement: “The owners and centre management team are saddened by the tragic incident on Thursday.

“Staff worked closely with police to resolve the situation but were unsuccessful on this occasion.

“The centre will be working with the local authority and the Samaritans in order to prevent incidents such as this happening.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.”

An inquest into the circumstances of Ms Johnson’s death will open later today.

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2:02pm Tue 10 Jun 14

noddy57 says...

too little too late, should have been done after the first suicide.having said that`if people want to commit suicide they will do it anyway at another spot if need be.
too little too late, should have been done after the first suicide.having said that`if people want to commit suicide they will do it anyway at another spot if need be. noddy57
  • Score: 6

2:06pm Tue 10 Jun 14

GracesDad says...

noddy57 wrote:
too little too late, should have been done after the first suicide.having said that`if people want to commit suicide they will do it anyway at another spot if need be.
So why waste money then? You just answered your own point?!?
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: too little too late, should have been done after the first suicide.having said that`if people want to commit suicide they will do it anyway at another spot if need be.[/p][/quote]So why waste money then? You just answered your own point?!? GracesDad
  • Score: 9

2:31pm Tue 10 Jun 14

LadyB28 says...

So this young girl committed suicide then is that correct? I just find it strange how papers use the headline fell to her death rather than jump to her death...Surely if she fell it was a tragic accident, if it was suicide she jumped .If anyone is desperate enough to want to end their lives they will always fond away. I don't see how putting any safety measure into place is going to stop this.
Ps hope the poor girl is at peace now x
So this young girl committed suicide then is that correct? I just find it strange how papers use the headline fell to her death rather than jump to her death...Surely if she fell it was a tragic accident, if it was suicide she jumped .If anyone is desperate enough to want to end their lives they will always fond away. I don't see how putting any safety measure into place is going to stop this. Ps hope the poor girl is at peace now x LadyB28
  • Score: 4

5:43pm Tue 10 Jun 14

wilddog says...

tragic as it is. whats a march going to do? nothing! All the marchers will shop in the Arndale so its 2 faced to be honest!
tragic as it is. whats a march going to do? nothing! All the marchers will shop in the Arndale so its 2 faced to be honest! wilddog
  • Score: 5

6:00pm Tue 10 Jun 14

noddy57 says...

GracesDad wrote:
noddy57 wrote:
too little too late, should have been done after the first suicide.having said that`if people want to commit suicide they will do it anyway at another spot if need be.
So why waste money then? You just answered your own point?!?
when it comes to wasting money` the Councils waste plenty on less worthy causes and unless you are a complete cold heartless **** you should be at least sympathetic .
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: too little too late, should have been done after the first suicide.having said that`if people want to commit suicide they will do it anyway at another spot if need be.[/p][/quote]So why waste money then? You just answered your own point?!?[/p][/quote]when it comes to wasting money` the Councils waste plenty on less worthy causes and unless you are a complete cold heartless **** you should be at least sympathetic . noddy57
  • Score: 4

6:00pm Tue 10 Jun 14

noddy57 says...

GracesDad wrote:
noddy57 wrote:
too little too late, should have been done after the first suicide.having said that`if people want to commit suicide they will do it anyway at another spot if need be.
So why waste money then? You just answered your own point?!?
when it comes to wasting money` the Councils waste plenty on less worthy causes and unless you are a complete cold heartless **** you should be at least sympathetic .
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: too little too late, should have been done after the first suicide.having said that`if people want to commit suicide they will do it anyway at another spot if need be.[/p][/quote]So why waste money then? You just answered your own point?!?[/p][/quote]when it comes to wasting money` the Councils waste plenty on less worthy causes and unless you are a complete cold heartless **** you should be at least sympathetic . noddy57
  • Score: 0

6:00pm Tue 10 Jun 14

noddy57 says...

GracesDad wrote:
noddy57 wrote:
too little too late, should have been done after the first suicide.having said that`if people want to commit suicide they will do it anyway at another spot if need be.
So why waste money then? You just answered your own point?!?
when it comes to wasting money` the Councils waste plenty on less worthy causes and unless you are a complete cold heartless **** you should be at least sympathetic .
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: too little too late, should have been done after the first suicide.having said that`if people want to commit suicide they will do it anyway at another spot if need be.[/p][/quote]So why waste money then? You just answered your own point?!?[/p][/quote]when it comes to wasting money` the Councils waste plenty on less worthy causes and unless you are a complete cold heartless **** you should be at least sympathetic . noddy57
  • Score: -1

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