A leading Mansfield figure had criticised web trolls who have made ‘hurtful’ comments about the funeral funds raised following Amber Peat’s death.
Cash was raised in the community in the aftermath of the 13-year-old’s death in June to help cover the costs of the funeral, which was then held in July.
More than £1,323 had been raised.
The body of the youngster, who died from hanging days after she went missing from her Bosworth Street home, was carried to the crematorium in a horse-drawn carriage.
Now Mansfield MP, Sir Alan Meale has spoken out after he said postings left on social media site Facebook had accused the family of pocketing the cash.
He told the Chad: “What I want to put straight is the fact that the people of Mansfield gave generously to this fund which came about shortly after Amber’s body was found on Westfield Lane in Mansfield.
“The public expressed great support in giving flowers, tributes and money to Amber’s fund which was a wonderful thing to do.
“Unfortunately this has now attracted attention on Facebook and many hurtful comments have been placed on this.
“However, now these individuals appear to be tormenting the family and accusing them of keeping the funeral money for themselves – which is totally untrue.
“To the contrary, I can confirm that all the cash collections from the walk and businesses were taken to my Mansfield office and counted by my staff.
“Once this was done it was then banked that morning, and a cheque was written out to the funeral director, as per the family’s wishes.
“I feel that the family do not need pressure from such social media and I have spoken to Nottinghamshire Police, who are monitoring the comments made via this and other outlets.”
This week the Chad exclusively revealed that a probe has been launched by the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board, after documents were leaked.
Read the full story: Family investigated over tragic teen’s death
Yesterday, the board then admitted the a ‘serious case review’ had been launched.
According to Nottinghamshire County Council, a serious case review takes place ‘when a child dies or is seriously injured, and abuse or neglect are known or suspected to be factors in the death’.