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CORNWALL 'FAILED TO ENSURE SAFETY' OF MURDERED SCHOOLGIRL

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The mother of Caroline Dickison, the schoolgirl murdered in a French youth hostel three years ago, told a High Cour...
The mother of Caroline Dickison, the schoolgirl murdered in a French youth hostel three years ago, told a High Court judge yesterday that teachers should have ensured that it was not possible for a stranger to enter the hostel unchallenged.

The Times (p3) reports that Susan Dickinson is claiming£22,578 damages from Cornwall CC for failing in its duty of care to her 13-year-old daughter.

She said: 'I entrusted my daughter to the school and I feel that they owed her a duty of care. I feel that they failed to carry out appropriate checks to ensure the suitability of the accommodation for a group of school children.

'As a direct result an intruder was able to walk into the accommodation without any challenge and murder my daughter. I cannot understand why young children were allowed to sleep in a totally unsecured and unlocked building with unlocked bedrooms.'

Caroline's killer has never been caught, despite one of France's largest murder hunts. Alan Wroath, the headteacher of Caroline's school, Launceston Community College, said that the risk of an intruder attack had not been considered in advance. He said that the policy at the college's own boarding house was to lock the doors and that county council rules had been changed since to ensure that pupils on trips were locked in.

The case continues.

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