Tragic teenager did not in­tend to take own life

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AY­OUNG hair­dresser was found hanged at home in a cry for help after a break-up with her boyfriend.

Holly An­der­son, 19, was found by her un­cle at her flat in Failsworth.

Paramedics couldn’t re­vive her.

Holly, de­scribed by her fam­ily as an in­de­pen­dent, happy-go-lucky teenager with ev­ery­thing to live for, left her boyfriend a note and had sent him a se­ries of text mes­sages.

The in­quest heard that Holly wrote ‘I am try­ing to win you back’ in the note to her boyfriend.

Left in her bed­room, the note also said she was ‘lost’ with­out him.

She also sent her sis­ter text mes­sages and photographs hours be­fore her death.

But a coro­ner recorded a ver­dict of mis­ad­ven­ture, say­ing he be­lieved Holly was try­ing to ‘elicit a re­sponse’ from her boyfriend.

Coro­ner Si­mon Nel­son said: “She was do­ing what­ever was in her power to gain his at­ten­tion.

“I do not be­lieve that I can be sure that Holly in­tended the con­se­quences of her ac­tions.

“I be­lieve that she was so wound up that she was not think­ing or act­ing ra­tio­nally.

“Very sadly, she had gone that one step too far.” Holly’s mum Lisa Robin- son, from Mos­ton, spoke of the fam­ily’s loss at Rochdale Coro­ner’s Court.

She said: “She was a happy-go-lucky girl who had ev­ery­thing to live for.

“She will be very sadly missed.

“This has shocked us all and we are to­tally dev­as­tated.

“She had a lovely per­son­al­ity.

“She was a happy girl who had so much to look for­ward to.

“I have no idea what was go­ing through her mind at the time.”

Holly, a for­mer pupil at Failsworth High School, worked as a hair­dresser after study­ing hair and beauty at Manch­ester Col­lege.

She met her boyfriend at the age of 16.

He didn’t at­tend the in­quest and no state­ment was read from him.

Her fam­ily at­tended her flat on Clough Road on Septem­ber 11 last year and the alarm was raised after her un­cle climbed in through a win­dow.

The in­quest heard she had sent her sis­ter a text ask­ing her to call her boyfriend and get him to ring her ‘one last time’.

But the in­quest heard he had no credit on his phone.

A cause of death was given as hang­ing.

Holly’s fa­ther Lee Stan­ley, from New­ton Heath, said in a state­ment that he be­lieved they had split up a month ear­lier.

Pay­ing trib­ute, he said: “She was very proud and I was very proud of her.”

Mr Nel­son said Holly was up­set and ‘find­ing it dif­fi­cult’ to come to terms with the end of the re­la­tion­ship.

He added: “It ap­pears to

‘Holly had a great deal go­ing for her. Per­haps she did not re­alise how much’

me that she was try­ing to elicit a re­sponse from him. Holly had a great deal go­ing for her. Per­haps she did not re­alise how much.”

●● Tragic Holly An­der­son was de­scribed as a ‘happy girl with so much to look for­ward to’

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