Another teenage girl is thought to have hanged herself in a county already blighted by 13 suspected suicides over the past year.
The 19-year-old, named as Angie Fuller, was found at a house in Nantymoel, Bridgend in South Wales in the early hours of yesterday morning.
She is the 14th person under 26 believed to have committed suicide in the small town in just 12 months.
All the victims hanged themselves but police have ruled out that the latest death is linked to the previous incidents.
A South Wales Ambulance Service spokeswoman said paramedics were called to a property in Commercial Street at about 12.55am on Monday.
The teenager was unconscious and not breathing when they arrived. She was later pronounced dead at the scene.
The spokeswoman said: “We believe it was a hanging.”
Police said they are not linking the death to other apparent suicides of young people under the age of 26 in Bridgend, whose population is just 40,000.
A South Wales Police spokeswoman said: “We can confirm the sudden death of a 19-year-old woman in the Nantymoel area of Bridgend at around 1am on Monday, February 4.
“There were no suspicious circumstances and an investigation is being carried out on behalf of the coroner.
“The death is not linked to other recent sudden deaths in the area.”
Mark Adams, coroner’s officer for the Bridgend area, said an inquest is to be opened on Friday.
The latest death comes less than three weeks after Natasha Randall, 17, died in similar circumstances.
Her death was one of seven “internet suicides” linked to social networking websites. Each victim was known by at least one of the others.
But the coroner later laid bare the scale of the problem by revealed that another six people under 26 had also killed themselves in isolated incidents.
Parents in Bridgend have been left terrified by the spate of deaths and one secondary school was placed on “suicide watch” after pupils appealed for help.
The astonishing rate of hangings in Bridgend has terrified parents and one secondary school has been placed on “suicide watch” after pupils appealed for help.
Coroner Philip Walters said last month that he was “extremely concerned” and stressed the importance of getting to grips with the situation.
He said: “There are 12 young men and one young woman involved and all were found hanged in the area in the last year.”
One of the other victims, James Knight, 26, hanged himself from a belt during a heavy drinking session after a painful break-up with his girlfriend.
Another, Andrew O’Neill, 20, died after being convicted of drink-driving and assaulting a police officer.
A further hanging victim was lorry driver Jason Williams, 21, only months before he was due to marry. His bride-to-be said she was mystified by his suicide.
In the wake of Natasha’s death, a secondary school attended by her friend, Leah Phillips, who also tried to take her own life, announced measures to tackle the problem.
Leah was moments away from death when her stepfather found her hanging by a rope from the banister of their home near Bridgend the day after17-year-old friend Natasha died.
A dozen students made a plea for help after the suicide attempt, prompting the school to set up an “anti-suicide taskforce”.
Teachers at Ynysawdre Comprehensive set up the group to “prevent further tragedies” and held discussions with a charity aimed specifically at preventing suicide and depression in the young.
Deputy head Michelle Hatcher said at the time that the school “felt the need to act swiftly” to tackle the problem.
She said: “There were 12 pupils who are friends of this girl and they came to us and asked for help. The news was already ripping through the school about this girl trying to commit suicide.
“We knew we had to act quickly so we held a special assembly to explain to pupils there was support within and outside the school if they need to talk. We have a school counsellor they can always talk to, as well as other teachers or myself, the school’s child protection officer.”
Natasha Randall, 17, was found hanging in her home in Blaengarw, Bridgend, last month. Her death followed that of friend Liam Clarke, 20, in the Cefn Glas area of Bridgend on December 27, and of Gareth Morgan, 27, who knew Mr Clarke, who also died last month.
Others to have died include Dale Crole, 18, who was found hanging in Porthcawl in January 2007, and 19-year-old David Dilling and 20-year-old Thomas Davies, who both died the following month.
In August, 17-year-old Zachary Barnes, of Wildmill, Bridgend, was also found hanged.
It emerged yesterday that new Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy has discussed the deaths with First Minister Rhodri Morgan.
In a Commons written reply, Mr Murphy said the “tragic” deaths were of “great concern and distress” to him.
Bridgend Labour MP Madeleine Moon has secured a Commons debate on suicide prevention, which will take place later this week. A taskforce has already been set up to examine factors behind the deaths in Bridgend.
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