Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Casey-Lyanne Kearney stabbing: Bereavement counsellors assist pupils

McAuley High School, Doncaster
Image caption Students have been offered counselling on their return to school after half-term

Bereavement counsellors have been speaking to students at the school of stabbed teenager Casey-Lyanne Kearney.

The 13-year-old died when she was stabbed in Elmfield Park in Doncaster on 14 February.

Earlier, pupils at McAuley Catholic High attended a special assembly led by school governor, Father Pat O'Connor.

Sheffield Hallam Bishop, John Rawsthorne, has offered his sympathy and prayers for those affected.

Catherine Brown, the head teacher said in a statement: "Support is being provided for students and the school is grateful for the many messages of sympathy and offers of support from many quarters."

South Yorkshire Police said specialist trained police officers were at McAuley Catholic High School helping pupils returning after half-term.

Acting Ch Supt Peter Norman said: "What the police want to do today is just to try assist the local community and the children returning to school, to try and soften the blow."

On Thursday evening, hundreds of people gathered in Elmfield Park for a candlelit vigil in memory of Casey-Lyanne.

Police said it had researched the area where Casey Kearney was stabbed and said the crime rate was relatively low.

Mr Norman added: "We've done some research into the local area, I can't say that it was entirely safe because someone has tragically lost their lives but it was an area of low incident and low crime.

"There had only been three minor assaults in the last previous 12 months."

The force said patrols had been carried out in the local area throughout the weekend.

Hannah Bonser, 26, of Cusworth House, Doncaster, has been charged with Casey-Lyanne's murder and two counts of possession of a bladed article.

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