Teenager Olivia Glennie was talented, beautiful and loved, and had everything to live for.

A Huddersfield inquest yesterday heard how the popular 15-year-old Newsome teenager had a full and active life, with “the world at her feet” and was surrounded by a loving family and friends.

But in the early evening of Tuesday, September 24 last year, the Newsome High School Year 11 pupil was discovered hanging from a tree near the river at Armitage Bridge Cricket Club, a favourite meeting place for her and her friends.

She had left the family house in Blagden Lane, Newsome, telling her parents she was visiting friends.

A dog walker alerted two neighbours who ran across the field to cut the rope and give CPR until paramedics arrived.

Livvie, as she was known to her family, was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and transferred to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Leeds General Infirmary. She died of catastrophic brain injuries on September 29 and, in accordance with her wishes, her organs were donated to others.

Speaking in hushed tones, Coroner Mary Burke delivered a narrative verdict. She said that on the evening of September 24, Livvie had been in a very low mood and had contemplated ending her life.

This was borne out by text messages sent to her friends and boyfriend, Jack, prior to September 20 and then again on the 23 and 24 and on that and the previous evening.

She said: “I do have doubts on whether she (Livvie) fully intended to end her life and, more significantly, I cannot totally rule out other possible explanations in respect of the actions she took.

“Did Livvie think she would be found before fatal consequences ensued? It may be a possibility she was desperately seeking her former boyfriend’s response; she was sharing with him how she felt .”

The coroner added that the place was well used by the public and Livvie’s actions were taken at a time when it was likely other people would be around.

 

It was also revealed that, although she appeared perfectly happy to her close-knit family, she had gone to the river the previous evening after texting her on-off boyfriend Jack.

He became concerned for her welfare and texted another friend, Morgan, who contacted a third friend, Luke Nolan. He walked to the river at Armitage Bridge to find Olivia crying in a corner of the cricket pitch; she was concerned that Jack was too close to one of her friends.

Marks on her skin made Luke aware that Olivia had recently self harmed . He spent an hour reassuring her that she had nothing to worry about and she seemed to return to her normal bright self. When he later heard what had happened the following evening, he was in “total shock.”

He described his friend as: “Clever, funny and kind. She was beautiful looking and always there for emotional support. She had such an amazing effect on the lives of the people she met, and these people will live for the rest of their lives with a part of Livvie.”

In a statement to the inquest, Livvie’s mother Diane, a catering supervisor at Newsome Junior School, spoke of her daughter’s many talents. She had passed many exams with Tristan Dance Studios, sang with Huddersfield Junior Choral Society - winning an award for the most improved student after only a year with the choir - and was an A* student.

In August she had enjoyed a “fantastic” three-week family holiday in the USA and the weekend before her death had had a wonderful time at her sister Lucy’s wedding.

The inquest heard that Livvie suffered from mennorrhoea (heavy periods) which also led to hormonal mood swings.

The coroner spoke of her close relationship with her family and added: “It is clear they had no idea Olivia was experiencing significant difficulties in her life. She was a 15-year-old girl with a complex range of ever-increasing pressures and stresses which face adolescents in their daily lives.”

Olivia’s parents Diane and Alex Glennie urged other teenagers to talk about their problems.

Despite the fact that they had enjoyed a very close and open relationship, where issues such as sex and drugs could be discussed, Olivia had not shared her anxieties about her boyfriend and friends.

Alex, a contracts manager for an asbestos company, said: “We have three girls and we did not have a clue. Perhaps there should be something or somebody in schools where teenagers can go to talk about their problems that perhaps they don’t want to talk to their parents about.”

The family’s Newsome home had been a Mecca for Livvie’s friends, who often slept over. In a statement Diane said: “Our house was always full of Livvie’s friends, male and female. We enjoyed entertaining her friends and having a house full of music and laughter. We are absolutely devastated at the death of our beautiful daughter.”

She talked of the family’s “unimaginable pain” and added that all their hopes and dreams for Livvie were now gone and in their place was a massive hole.

Diane said that it was a comfort to know that, after donating her organs, Livvie’s name was on a plaque at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

After the inquest she added: “Livvie’s friends still come to our house all the time. Our door will always open to them and if they are worried, they can talk to us”.

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