Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Gosport deaths: Girls 'lived lives to the full'

Olivia Lewry (left) and Jasmine Allsop
Image caption Olivia Lewry (left) was killed along with her friend Jasmine Allsop

Two teenage girls who died when they were hit by a car "lived their lives to the full", their school has said.

Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, were struck by a green Honda Civic early on Sunday while walking along a road in Gosport, Hampshire.

Police have been granted more time to question a 20-year-old man, from Gosport, on suspicion of murder.

Head teacher Richard Kelly, from Brune Park Community School, said they were "independent" with "unique talents".

Olivia left the Gosport school in the summer while Jasmine was still a pupil.

In a statement, Mr Kelly said: "They were both independent, strong-minded individuals who lived their lives to the full with confidence and a sense of humour and a sense of fun.

"We will miss them both immensely and the unique talents which they displayed.

'Posting rumours'

"Our thoughts and prayers are with their families at this dreadful time."

Di Lloyd, principal of St Vincent College, said Olivia had started a vocational qualification in September.

She said: "We are shocked. Some students were particularly close to her, she was very local to the college.

Image caption Friends laid floral tributes to the girls at the scene

"We're putting in place all the support that our students need. We will be offering counselling and working with police.

She added: "We will be getting together with the students who knew her best and ask for the best [type of] tribute to her."

Ms Lloyd said it may take the form of a book of condolences.

Jasmine died at the scene while Olivia was pronounced dead at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

Hampshire Police is appealing for anyone who saw the crash, near the junction of Ann's Hill Road and Brougham Street, to contact them.

Officers have until 19:30 GMT to question the suspect.

Det Supt Dick Pearson thanked the public for their help and said the Honda Civic would be subject to further examination.

He added: "I am also urging anyone with information to avoid posting details or any rumours on the internet or social media pages.

"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."

Tributes were paid to both girls on social networking sites and friends have laid floral tributes at the scene of the crash.

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