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Mother of Exeter girl who died after falling from wall thanks those who tried to save her daughter as investigations continue

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

  • Tributes have been left to Nicole Hartup, aged 12, at the Exeter Youth centre

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Police have today confirmed that the girl who tragically died after falling from a wall in Exeter has been identified as Nicole Hartup, aged 12.

The news comes as emergency services reveal further details of the tragic incident and Nicole’s mum Wendy thanked everyone who came to the aid of her daughter.

Police were alerted by ambulance control around 8.50pm on Friday 23 May following a report of a young girl having fallen from an eight foot wall at the rear of the Phoenix Youth Club, off Burnthouse Lane, Exeter.

Youth club support workers and staff from the nearby sports centre were on the scene and immediately went to the aid of Nicole.

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It is thought that some of the local children also went to help Nicole, who had been playing with her friends when the incident happened.

Despite the best efforts of youth club staff, who commenced CPR, and ambulance staff at the scene, Nicole sadly passed away at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital later in the evening.

Police have said they continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident. The cause of the death is yet to be established however police are not treating it as suspicious at this time.

Officers are speaking to a number of children and potential witnesses as part of the investigation and appealing for anyone who may have information to contact police.

Detective Sergeant Gary Matthews said: “I believe there were a lot of people in the area at the time of this very sad incident. I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident, or the events before and after, to please contact the police.

“The police are continuing to work closely with Nicole’s mum Wendy and her family to provide emotional support through this difficult time. Wendy wishes to pass on her sincere thanks to everyone who came to the aid of her daughter and looked after her, as well as the ambulance staff, hospital and police for their support. She reserved special thanks to those who comforted Nicole and gave CPR in an attempt to resuscitate her.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information to assist with the investigation is asked to telephone police on 101, quoting enquiry number EN/136241/14.

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