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Sasha tribute gone as net trolls strike

Floral tributes to tragic teen Sasha Marsden (below).

Floral tributes to tragic teen Sasha Marsden (below).

  • by Elizabeth Broughton
 

A MEMORIAL site to a tragic teenager whose body was found in a Blackpool alleyway has been targeted by internet trolls.

Offensive posts appeared on a Facebook page set up in the memory of 16-year-old Sasha Marsden on Tuesday night.

And now the page – which had attracted more than 8,000 “likes” as friends and family shared their memories of the teenager – is no longer online.

Sasha’s body was discovered behind The Grafton House Hotel, on Kirby Road, South Shore, last Thursday night.

She had been stabbed up to 100 times to her head and face before being set on fire.

The offensive posts were quickly removed from the RIP Sasha Marsden page, but were spotted by the teenager’s older sister, Katie Brett.

Miss Brett has reported the messages to the police and said she wanted the page shutting down to avoid upsetting her family.

In a message on the page, Miss Brett wrote: “I want this page closing, one disrespectable (person) is enough. I don’t want my mum to see any of this or her other family.Get it off now.”

Lancashire Police confirmed they had been made aware of abusive messages on Facebook, but had not launched an investigation.

A spokesman for the force said: “There were some trolls on the Facebook site who posted some nasty messages. They have been removed.

“We are aware of the situation and family liaison officers are continuing to support the family.”

Several other Facebook pages, including one run by a friend of Sasha’s with more than 2,000 members, are still online.

Hundreds of poignant messages have been posted by friends of the teenager, who was studying a childcare course at Blackpool and The Fylde College.

David Minto, from Kirby Road, South Shore, has been charged with her murder.

The 22-year-old, who was raised in Fleetwood, is in custody and will next appear before Preston Crown Court on April 24 to enter his plea.

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