Police investigate comments on tribute site to Norwich teenager Maisie Baxter
A police investigation has been launched into comments made on a social networking site set up as a tribute to Norwich youngster Maisie Baxter.
The 13-year-old was found dead at the weekend and messages of condolence quickly began to appear on Twitter as well as a dedicated page on Facebook.
Now police have had their attention called to some of the messages left on the site.
A spokesman said: 'Following complaints from members of the public regarding the posting of inappropriate comments and images on a social media tribute site to a 13-year-old girl who died at the weekend, officers from the Vulnerable People Directorate have begun an investigation.'
Maisie was a Framingham Earl High School pupil who lived in Trowse and has been described as a 'sunny, friendly girl' with a beautiful voice.
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Police said there were not thought to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.
The force said, if comments on the site were found to be inappropriate, they would be looking to take action under the Communications Act 2003.
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'In the meantime, officers remind social media users that this tribute page was set up in memory and any language or pictures which are not in keeping with this aim may cause offence and upset to the victim's family and friends,' the spokesman added.
Organisers behind the site have now deleted images, posted by other users, that led to the page being reported to the police.
Meanwhile tributes to the talented teenager have continued to flood in from both friends and strangers.
One friend said: 'So talented and stunning you always put a smile on my face:') I will love you forever and a day. Dearly missed Maisie Baxter XxXx.'
While another said: 'R.I.P. You were such a beautiful, talented, kind, loving person. Love you forever and a day. Xxxxx This is all so surreal, I remember like it was yesterday when you were taking pictures on my DSI distorting your own face!!:' Rest in Peace, you will be missed dearly.'
Yesterday, Maisie's school paid tribute to the a keen singer with a 'bright future'.
Ms Furneaux added: 'Her loss will be felt across the school. Students and staff are being given the support they need to try to come to terms with what has happened.'
A YouTube video of Maisie singing Ave Maria at her school last year has been posted on social networking site Twitter.
Police have passed details of the death on to the coroner's office and an inquest is expected to be opened in the next few days.
Ms Furneaux said the school would be assisting any investigation in whatever way it could.