Tragic Aisha, aged just 12, is found hanged at her Stratford home

The family of a Newham schoolgirl are still trying to come to terms with their grief after their beloved daughter was found hanged in her bedroom.

The family of a Newham schoolgirl are still trying to come to terms with their grief after their beloved daughter was found hanged in her bedroom.

The father of 12-year-old Aisha Siddique found her hanging from the end of a bunk bed at the family home in Gurney Road, Stratford.

Aisha had only been a student at nearby Sarah Bonnell School for a year but staff and students at the Deanery Road school have been left stunned by the tragedy.

Father Saleem said: “Aisha was a lovely person, really bubbly and always smiling. The paramedics tried very hard to revive her, they were upstairs for a good hour trying but there was nothing they could do.”


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“Aisha didn’t want to go to school sometimes but all children are a bit like that. She really wanted to be a singer. The school sent us flowers and they’ve offered us counselling and some of the staff went to the funeral.”

The family have lived in Stratford for five years. Aisha previously went to Maryland Primary. She had a brother, 15, and a sister, nine.

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Sarah Jacobs, headteacher at Sarah Bonnell School, said: “This is a very sad time and the thoughts of everyone at the school are with Aisha’s family.

“She was a friendly pupil who had settled into school life very well. Aisha was showing promise in all of her subjects, but in particular art and maths. She had many friends and her classmates are devastated by her death.”

Despite efforts by paramedics to revive her, Aisha was taken to Whipp’s Cross Hospital were she was pronounced dead. A spokesperson for the London Ambulance said: “We sent two ambulance crews and a single responder in a car and a duty officer to the scene. Our staff treated a single patient, a young girl, and took her as a priority to hospital.”

Newham police are treating the death as non-suspicious. They attended the scene and gave support to the family. Aisha was found with a ligature around her neck and it is understood she left a note to her family.

A post-mortem was carried out on the girl’s body and the cause of death on September 5 was given as suspension. An inquest was opened at Walthamstow Coroners’ Court but it was adjourned to allow release of Aisha’s body to allow her funeral to be arranged by her loved ones.

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