Police continue to question murder suspect over teenage girls’ deaths

TRAGEDY A bouquet of flowers with a moving message and picture of Jasmine Allsop left in Ann's Hill Road yesterday. 'Picture: Paul Jacobs (133050-2)
TRAGEDY A bouquet of flowers with a moving message and picture of Jasmine Allsop left in Ann's Hill Road yesterday. 'Picture: Paul Jacobs (133050-2)
The Co-op store where the incident took place

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DETECTIVES are continuing to question a man held on suspicion of murder after two teenage girls were killed.

It comes after officers Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Investigation Team were last night granted until this evening to quiz a 20-year-old man from Gosport.

Best friends Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, both of Gosport, died after a collision with a green Honda Civic on Sunday at around 4am.

Yesterday Jasmine’s mum Rosemary Allsop, 37, spoke of how she held and kissed her daughter goodbye as she lay dead in the road just yards away from her home.

Ms Allsop said: ‘I cannot remember what happened. I had gone to bed. I didn’t see anything. I just thought they (Jasmine and Olivia) were playing CDs and talking about boys and make-up.

‘I went out and then a neighbour covered me in a blanket. I kissed her - it was four hours before they took her body away because I did not want to let her go.

‘I told her she was my angel and I’d loved her since the day she was born. I can remember her big blue eyes staring.’

Friends and well-wishers put flowers both outside Jasmine’s home in Ann’s Hill Road and near to the Market Home Tavern pub.

One message read: ‘RIP Angel. You’ll always have a special place in my heart. Love Jamie.’

Another read: ‘Dear Olivia, Sleep tight princess. See you soon. Love from Charlotte.’

A bouquet that had a number of messages from friends read: ‘Dear Jasmine, I’ve known you for 7 years now we’ve had great times such as Calshot, you always were kind at heard and always kept others and your self (sic) positive.

‘So beautiful and young. Sleep tight you beautiful angel.

‘Thoughts and respect goes out to your and your family. I love you hunni.

‘Sweet Dreams, Sharon Driscoll.’

Megan Sharp wrote: ‘Dear Jasmine, You was (sic) such a beautiful girl, pretty, nice loving and caring heart-breaking.

‘It’s going to be weird not seeing your around school smileing (sic) away!

‘You may be lost but never forgotten Love you lots beautiful R.I.P Love Megan Sharp.’

Another message said: ‘Olivia, can’t believe you’ve gone will always remember our time growing up together always in our hearts. Love Kieren Samuel.’

Residents in Ann’s Hill Road were visibly in shock, with many still coming to terms with the tragic incident on Sunday.

Melanie Hunter is a bar worker at the Market House Tavern, in Forton Road, where Jasmine’s mum Rosemary was a regular.

She said: ‘Rose, Jasmine’s mum, is a regular in here, so Jasmine used to come in here with her mum quite a lot so we all know her.

‘If I was to see Rose in the street I just wouldn’t know what to say, it’s something you can’t imagine.’

Yesterday police appealed to social media users not to post rumours online.

Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson said: ‘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.’

Call police at Fratton Police Station on 101 and quote Operation Barb.