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Tree to remember Goth murder victim Sophie Lancaster

Sophie Lancaster
Sophie Lancaster died while protecting her boyfriend

A tree has been planted in a Lancashire park to remember a 20-year-old woman who was murdered because she and her boyfriend were dressed as Goths.

Sophie Lancaster was kicked to death in Stubbylee Park, Bacup, in August 2007 by two teenagers. She was trying to protect her boyfriend Robert Maltby.

Her friend Suzanne Trickett planted the Norway maple tree in the park where Miss Lancaster was killed.

It is accompanied by a plaque which reads: To Thine Own Self Be True.

'Amazing person'

A plaque will also be placed on a bench outside Haslingden Library.

Miss Lancaster's mother Sylvia said: "Nothing will ever bring Sophie back and nothing can ever fully do justice to the amazing person she was, but I am pleased that by working with Rossendale Council we have been able to find a positive way to celebrate Sophie's life.

"I am also pleased that Sophie will be remembered in Haslingden. She was an avid reader so the memorial on the bench outside the library is a fitting tribute.

"Although I can understand people's desire to leave floral tributes in Stubbylee Park, a much more effective way to remember Sophie is to help fund the work we are now doing through the Sophie Lancaster Foundation to help stamp out prejudice, hatred and intolerance everywhere."

Ryan Herbert and Brendan Harris, both from Bacup, were jailed for life for Miss Lancaster's murder, and for causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Maltby.

They were both 15 at the time of the attack.

Three other youths - brothers Joseph and Danny Hulme and Daniel Mallett - were jailed for attacking Mr Maltby.



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