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Blackman's trust in safety call

Lucie Blackman (picture from the family)
Lucie Blackman was found dead near Tokyo in 2001

The family of Lucie Blackman, the British bar hostess murdered in Japan, has urged revellers to stay safe during the new year celebrations.

The trust set up in her memory is offering a free safety device to young people which allows them to silently call for help when in trouble.

Pressing a button on the BuddySafe key fob triggers an alert sent by phone, text and email to designated people.

Luice, of Sevenoaks, Kent, was found dead near Tokyo in 2001.

Last year, Japanese businessman Joji Obara, 56, was acquitted of killing the 21-year-old but the Tokyo High Court now says he did kidnap her in Tokyo in 2000.

His sentence remained unchanged as he was given a life sentence last year for raping nine other women, one of whom died.

Lucie's father, Tim, who lives on the Isle of Wight where the trust is based, said: "We set up Lucie's Trust to do everything we can to ensure other families don't have to go through what we have."

The BuddySafe device is free to under-18s with a monthly running cost of 4.99.

The message calls for help and locates the sender using mobile phone technology even if they are moving.

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