Girl's death is seventh suicide in same town

Police were today investigating the death of a 17-year-old girl following a string of suicides in the same town.

Natasha Randall was found hanged in her bedroom at her home in Blaengarw, Bridgend.

South Wales Police have been examining a computer used by the teenager, who was a member of social networking site Bebo.

A task force including police, schools and health workers are now investigating her death last Thursday.

The group was set up to create an action plan following the deaths of six young men in the Bridgend area over the past year.

It is thought there were some links between the seven young people who have now died.

Dale Crole, 18, was the first to kill himself. His body was found in a disused building in Porthcawl, South Wales, in January 2007.

The following month, 19-year-old David Dilling was found hanged near his home in Pyle, Bridgend. Thomas Davies, a 20-year-old friend of Dale and David, was also found hanged in February.

In August 2007, 17-year-old Zachary Barnes, of Wildmill, Bridgend, was found hanged. Last month, 20-year-old Liam Clarke, a friend of Dale Crole, was found hanged in a Bridgend park.

Earlier this month, 27-year-old Gareth Morgan, who knew Liam, was found hanged at his home in Bridgend.

Natasha, whose death was the seventh, left a message on her page on Bebo to Liam after his death, reading: "RIP Clarky boy!! gonna miss ya! always remember the gd times! love ya x. Me too!"

Messages have now been left on Natasha's own site, with one saying "RIP tash - can't believe you done it!" and another from Sadie James saying: "Heyaa Babe. Just Poppin In To Say I Let My Balloon Off With A Message On It, Hope You Got It Ok And It Made You Laugh Up There."

Liam's father, Kevin Clarke, 46, told the Daily Mail the deaths were "very strange".

He said: "We just don't know what this is about. It is very strange that there have been so many suicides in Bridgend and that they all seem to know one another.

"We don't know if it is some weird cult or copycat suicides or if they have had some bizarre pact to kill themselves."

A 15-year-old girl who knew Natasha tried harming herself the day after her death in nearby Pontycymmer.

Pupils at one local school have since been told to approach staff if they feel depressed.

Blaengarw councillor Carl Rees said: "There has been speculation about the visiting of suicide sites but there is no evidence for that.

"It is a shock. My condolences go out to the family of the 17-year-old. Obviously she is a young girl and it is such a shock.

"It is a shame what she did."

He added: "This is a small village and something like this is a talking point. When I was coming home last Thursday from shopping, police and ambulance cars were screaming past to the scene."

Superintendent Tim Jones, divisional commander of Bridgend Police, said: "We are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 17-year-old girl in Blaengarw on Thursday, January 17 and will be reporting on this matter to the coroner.

"It is important to stress that at this time we have not established any direct links between the death of the 17-year-old female in Blaengarw on Thursday and a 15-year-old girl attempting to harm herself in Pontycymmer on Friday. However, they were known to each other, as you would expect in small neighbouring communities.

"One line of inquiry within the investigation is the examination of the computer of the 17-year-old girl, which is currently ongoing.

"The investigation will seek to establish the full circumstances surrounding these tragic circumstances and clearly communication between friends and associates is an important consideration.

"There is a growing trend for young people to communicate through telephone text messaging and also over the internet, whether it's email or within chatroom forums.

"This is all part of conducting a thorough investigation."

He said police were doing "everything possible" to support young people in the area, and added: "As part of our response to these incidents over the weekend we identified associates and friends of both girls, and CID detectives and neighbourhood policing teams spoke to many young people in Blaengarw and Pontycymmer and also visited parents.

"We felt we had a duty of care to inform parents of what had happened so they may speak to their children about these distressing incidents and provide any emotional support they deemed necessary.

"We have also worked closely with the children's services within Bridgend so that they may provide any additional specialist support they may be required.

"Sudden deaths at any age are tragic situations and the police see first-hand the devastation particularly the deaths of young people have on their family and the whole of the community.

"We at South Wales Police will continue to do everything possible to play our part in supporting young people and those in our communities who are affected by such tragedies."

News
A Brazilian wandering spider
news

World's most lethal spider found under a bunch of bananas

News
people
Sport
Mario Balotelli pictured in the win over QPR
footballInternet reacts to miss shocker for Liverpool striker
Voices
Sol Campbell near his home in Chelsea
voices
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
News
i100
News
Kimi the fox cub
newsBurberry under fire from animal rights group - and their star, Kimi
Sport
Fans of Palmeiras looks dejected during the match between Palmeiras and Santos
footballPalmeiras fan killed trying to 'ambush' bus full of opposition supporters
Arts and Entertainment
filmsIt's nearly a wrap on Star Wars: Episode 7, producer reveals
Life and Style
fashion
News
i100
News
<p>Jonathan Ross</p>
<p>Jonathan Ross (or Wossy, as he’s affectionately known) has been on television and radio for an extraordinarily long time, working on a seat in the pantheon of British presenters. Hosting Friday Night with Jonathan Ross for nine years, Ross has been in everything from the video game Fable to Phineas and Ferb. So it’s probably not so surprising that Ross studied at Southampton College of Art (since rebranded Southampton Solent), a university known nowadays for its media production courses.</p>
<p>However, after leaving Solent, Ross studied History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, now part of the UCL, a move that was somewhat out of keeping with the rest of his career. Ross was made a fellow of the school in 2006 in recognition of his services to broadcasting.</p>
TV

Rumours that the star wants to move on to pastures new

News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
The cast of Downton Abbey indulge in some racing at a Point to Point
tvNew pictures promise a day at the races and a loved-up Lady Rose
News
people

Comedian says he 'never laughed as hard as I have writing with Rik'

Arts and Entertainment
Tim Wonnacott dancing the pasadoble
TVStrictly Come Dancing The Result
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

1st Line Technical Support Engineer

£22000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Thame i...

Graduate Project Manager

£25000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based in Chelmsf...

PPA Cover Teacher

£110 - £130 per day + Competitive rates of pay: Randstad Education Reading: Pr...

Teaching Assistant Cornwall

£45 - £70 per day: Randstad Education Plymouth: TEACHING ASSISTANTS REQUIRED F...

Day In a Page

Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
Hugh Bonneville & Peter James: 'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'

How We Met: Hugh Bonneville & Peter James

'Peter loves his classic cars; I've always pootled along fine with a Mini Metro. I think I lack his panache'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's heavenly crab dishes don't need hours of preparation

Bill Granger's heavenly crab recipes

Scared off by the strain of shelling a crab? Let a fishmonger do the hard work so you can focus on getting the flavours right
Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

After a remarkable conversion from reckless defender to prolific striker, Monaco's ace says he wants to make his loan deal at Old Trafford permanent
Terry Venables: Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England

Terry Venables column

Premier League managers must not be allowed to dictate who plays and who does not play for England
The Inside Word: Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past

Michael Calvin's Inside Word

Brendan Rodgers looks to the future while Roy Hodgson is ghost of seasons past