CALLS have been made to ease tension in a close-knit community after two young teenage girls were killed when they were hit by a car in Gosport.
Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, both from Gosport, died after they were hit by a green Honda Civic on Ann’s Hill Road, in Gosport, on Sunday at around 4am.
Jasmine died at the scene and Olivia was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, where she later died.
Now Brockhurst ward councillor Rob Hylands, the landlord of the The Foresters Arms, near where the collision happened, is calling for calm.
It comes as social media has been deluged with calls for reprisals and speculation over the identity of the 20-year-old man, from Gosport, who was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Cllr Hylands warned people not to act on rumours or speculation.
He said: ‘Don’t take anything into your own hands.
‘There are a lot of wild rumours flying around.
‘Our best efforts can be best spent keeping the families of those poor girls in our thoughts and prayers.
‘Nothing is going to take away the pain they must be feeling right now.
‘We should let the police do their job. That’s all I’ve been telling people.’
Cllr Hylands said Jasmine’s mum Rosemary had been a customer in his pub and she had before come in with Jasmine. He added the pub was subdued on Sunday following the teens’ deaths.
As reported yesterday in The News, Ms Allsop held her daughter and kissed her goodbye while she lay in the road just yards away from her front door.
Police yesterday reiterated their warning issued on Monday about anyone with information posting it on the internet, including social media.
Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson of the Hampshire Major Investigation Team said: ‘This plea particularly applies to names and possible motives of people perceived to be involved in the circumstances surrounding this case.
‘Such speculation is upsetting and disrespectful to the victims’ families, and can also have unintended effects on important lines of enquiry and evidence ahead of any future court case.’
Flowers, photographs and tribute messages were yesterday mounting outside Ms Allsop’s home. She had paused to read them on Tuesday night.
And a tribute page to both Jasmine and Olivia set up on Facebook has attracted more than 15,000 people – with many hundreds posting tributes.