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Esther Ghey meets mother of Brianna's killer and is open to 'working with her'

Esther Ghey has met with the family of the girl who murdered her daughter Brianna, and said she is open to "working with her".

In a "positive and respectful" meeting in Warrington, Ms Ghey said she met with the mother and uncle of Scarlett Jenkinson, who was behind the plot to kill Brianna, 16.

She lured Brianna to Linear Park, where she was stabbed 28 times in the head, neck, chest and back with a hunting knife on 11 February last year.

Jenkinson and Eddie Ratcliffe, both aged 15 at the time of the murder, were jailed for life and ordered to serve 22 years and 20 years respectively in February.

In a statement, Ms Ghey noted that "Scarlett's family's lives have been changed forever too" and said: "It was a positive and respectful meeting which allowed us to initially get to know each other."

'No anger and resentment'

She said they "discussed family and the challenges of parenting" last week and that as a former teacher, Scarlett's mother was interested in her Peace in Mind campaigns for mindfulness training in schools and better child safeguarding for social media and mobile phones.

"She agreed that things need to change, so we are looking at ways in which she can support both campaigns," Ms Ghey said. "I would welcome the chance of working with her moving forwards.

"I didn't feel any anger or resentment towards Scarlett's mum, in fact it showed that tragedies have far reaching ripples.

"It has been a tough year, but I have been maintaining my mindfulness which I believe has helped with resilience, compassion and empathy.

"Meeting Scarlett's mum has reminded me how important that is to me."

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After Jenkinson was sentenced, her family said they were "truly sorry" in a statement given to the Warrington Guardian.

They added: "Our lives are in turmoil, but our immediate focus is to make sure that we don't do anything against the wishes of Brianna's family.

"We offer our sincere thanks to Esther Ghey for her incredible selflessness and empathy towards our family. Her compassion is overwhelming and we are forever grateful."

Meeting PM 'a great start'

Ms Ghey also met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to discuss her campaigns, having also spoken to Sir Keir Starmer earlier in March.

She called the meetings "a great start", but said: "It is only together that we can make true change; coming together with a common goal of making the world a better, safer place."

She also announced plans to set up a Community Interest Company to continue her drives for mindfulness and mobile phone usage.

The campaigner said in February that mobile phones should be made specifically for children under 16 to protect them from online harms.