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Live-in protest at removal of tragic Brighton teen's memorial tree
Friends of a tragic Brighton teenager will camp in a park to save the tree where her ashes are scattered.
Former Dorothy Stringer High School pupil Caisie Muller, 17, died in August 2011 following a crash in Jamaica. Her father, father’s former partner and a family friend were also killed.
Caisie lived in Elm Grove, Brighton, with her brother Owen and mother Yogo at the time of the crash, although the family have since moved to Wales.
Her friends set up a memorial tree in The Level in Caisie’s memory. However, Brighton and Hove City Council has said it will have to be uprooted because of the park’s redevelopment.
Caisie’s friends object and are now staging a live-in protest by the tree which has been decorated with trinkets since she died.
One friend, an 18-year-old who would only give her name as Thea, said: “We love it and people going past also comment on it favourably – they say it is a focal point of The Level. We would buy the tree and take it elsewhere.”
Previously the council has said that it was in touch with Caisie’s family.
A spokesman said: “We have contacted all those affected to explain why we are replacing the trees and inviting them to be present when the new trees are planted.”
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