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Funeral held for 'ice slip' girl in Blackburn

Road outside St Michael with St John Primary School
Naeemah Achha suffered serious head injuries in the fall near her school

The funeral has been held for an 11-year-old girl who died after she apparently slipped on ice outside a Lancashire primary school.

Naeemah Achha suffered serious head injuries in a fall near St Michael with St John Primary School in Swallow Drive, Blackburn, on Thursday.

The funeral took place at Pleasington Cemetery.

Head teacher Kay Cant said Naeemah "was always happy and had a smile that lit up the room".

Next week, pupils at the school are planning to put together memories about Naeemah to include in a book to give to her family.

'Shocking incident'

An investigation is under way into the circumstances of her death and how she came to fall to the ground.

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said Naeemah was believed to have slipped on ice, but that officers were still investigating.

Blackburn with Darwen Council Leader Michael Lee described her death as "a very shocking incident".

A team from the council were brought in to support school staff and pupils, who were informed about Naeemah's death on Friday.

"Naeemah was an intelligent, kind and popular girl who showed maturity beyond her years," Ms Cant said.

"She was conscientious, reliable and hard working.

"She will be sadly missed by everyone.

"It is at times like this when the school and its wider community draw together to support each other.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Naeemah's family at this very sad time."

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