Schoolgirl, 13, who hanged herself after fleeing home was 'lively' in lessons

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A 13-year-old 'Cinderella' schoolgirl who ran away from home before she was found hanged in a hedgerow was ordered to 'wash every pot in the house' and told she couldn't celebrate her birthday because of bad behaviour, an inquest heard.

Amber Peat ran away from her home in Nottingham, when she was ordered to clean out a cool box after returning from a family holiday to Cornwall.

Inquest - Nottingham - Coroner - Court - Amber

The inquest at Nottingham Coroner's Court has previously been told Amber's mother and stepfather didn't report her missing for almost eight hours, and heard claims from teachers that she 'didn't get as much attention at home as would be considered normal'.

Today Joanne Robinson, a multi-agency team (MAT) manager at Derbyshire County Council also gave evidence, saying that Amber had been referred to have one-on-one meetings between with a youth worker.

Heard - Sessions - April - Amber - Home

The inquest heard that shortly after the sessions ended, in around April 2014, Amber ran away from home following an argument and eventually ended up at her school, Tibshelf Secondary, at 9pm at night. Her Head of Year, David Wallace, was contacted by a caretaker and called Amber's family – but they couldn't come to fetch her 'because their dog was in labour'.

Mr Wallace caught up with Amber at school the next day, it was said, with the youngster claiming her parents had 'grilled' her over what she had told him. But they couldn't come in to discuss the matter with staff because they had 'been awake all night with the dog'.

Afterwards - MAT - Team - Note - School

Shortly afterwards, the MAT team received a ‘case note’ from the school regarding a number of concerns about Amber.

The inquest heard these included a fear she would ‘slip through the net’ when the family moved house, the fact they had ‘stopped calling the police’ when she ran away, and the failure...
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