Campaigners show support in memory of girl who fell to death in Accrington

Blackburn Citizen: Sarah Clitheroe, co-founder and organiser of the Lauren’s Place appeal, who led the  march along Broadway and past the Arndale Centre,  seen here ahead of the large number of supporters. Sarah Clitheroe, co-founder and organiser of the Lauren’s Place appeal, who led the march along Broadway and past the Arndale Centre, seen here ahead of the large number of supporters.

HUNDREDS of campaigners took to the streets of Accrington to show their support for a teenager who died after falling from the town’s Arndale Centre.

Supporters of Lauren’s Place, the group set up in memory of 17-year-old Lauren Johnson, marched from Accrington Town Hall to raise awareness of a petition calling for improved safety measures at the shopping centre.

Organisers hailed the event as ‘potentially life-changing’ as they seek to establish a town centre support service for people with mental health issues.

Burnley-born Lauren, who lived in Blackburn Road, Oswaldtwistle, died on June 5 . She was the fifth person in five years to die after falling from the Union Street building.

Accrington resident Sarah Clitheroe, who helped organise the march, said she was ‘amazed’ at the turn-out.

She said: “It was very, very overwhelming. There were around 200 people there.

“It’s got so big and hopefully it can be life-changing for young people in Accrington. We need to raise £5,000 for Lauren’s Place to become a registered charity so that’s our next focus.”

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Lauren, a student at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, worked at fashion store C’Quinz, in Blackburn Road.

Lauren’s friend, Michael Pope said: “We’ve got a karaoke night at Tricky’s in Oswaldtwistle from 7pm tomorrow.

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11:44am Mon 23 Jun 14

jimmi5bellies says...

If the top level of the car park is closed down, whats to stop people going down to the next level and "falling" from there.
If the top level of the car park is closed down, whats to stop people going down to the next level and "falling" from there. jimmi5bellies
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7:09pm Mon 23 Jun 14

doggydog says...

Seen a few of those folk shopping in the Arndale! Two faced or wot? Tragic,i know but again, closing it will not stop it from happening!
Seen a few of those folk shopping in the Arndale! Two faced or wot? Tragic,i know but again, closing it will not stop it from happening! doggydog
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7:47pm Mon 23 Jun 14

emmanaz says...

Have some compassion guys !!! That is someones daughter what is wrong with community spirit at such a tragic time? How do you think heartless comments are going to make her mum and family feel !!!!!!!!
Have some compassion guys !!! That is someones daughter what is wrong with community spirit at such a tragic time? How do you think heartless comments are going to make her mum and family feel !!!!!!!! emmanaz
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11:04pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Good call says...

emmanaz wrote:
Have some compassion guys !!! That is someones daughter what is wrong with community spirit at such a tragic time? How do you think heartless comments are going to make her mum and family feel !!!!!!!!
What happened was very tragic indeed but closing the top level or the entirety of the car park would most likely have made no difference in terms of stopping this girl from doing what she did.

Do the people who went on the protest advocate fencing off all access to the canals,rivers,lakes,
motorway bridges,railway stations etc. What needs to be dealt with is the problem (mental health), rather than the method used when someone takes their own life.
[quote][p][bold]emmanaz[/bold] wrote: Have some compassion guys !!! That is someones daughter what is wrong with community spirit at such a tragic time? How do you think heartless comments are going to make her mum and family feel !!!!!!!![/p][/quote]What happened was very tragic indeed but closing the top level or the entirety of the car park would most likely have made no difference in terms of stopping this girl from doing what she did. Do the people who went on the protest advocate fencing off all access to the canals,rivers,lakes, motorway bridges,railway stations etc. What needs to be dealt with is the problem (mental health), rather than the method used when someone takes their own life. Good call
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