Essex

Shock at 16-year-old girl's death in Essex

Margaret Pierides
Image caption Margaret Pierides had been a pupil at Hedingham School

Teachers and school friends of a 16-year-old student who died after being injured in her home in Essex have spoken of their shock at the news.

Margaret Pierides and her father Costas Pierides were found seriously hurt at the detached house in Prayors Hill, Sible Hedingham, on Saturday morning.

Mr Pierides, 48, died at the scene. His daughter was flown to hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Staff at Hedingham School and school friends expressed sadness at the news.

Essex police have begun a murder investigation following the discovery, but were not looking for anyone else in connection with the inquiry.

Margaret had been a pupil at Hedingham School. Headteacher John Panayi told the BBC: "It is a terrible tragedy. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all her family and friends."

He said the school would be offering counselling and support to pupils and staff on Monday.

Miles Scrivens, chairman of the governors at the school, said staff were "deeply shocked" by the incident.

"The whole school community will be quite stunned by the events," he said.

'Nice family'

The results of the post-mortem tests could be revealed later, said police.

Prayers have been said for the family during a service at St Peter's Church - just yards from the Pierides' family home.

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the family was popular in the village.

Image caption Essex Police found two people seriously injured in the house

He said Mr Pierides and his wife Bernadette had recently become godparents in a christening held at the local church.

"I had dinner with them recently and Costas and Margaret seemed to be getting on very well," he said.

"Costas and his wife are good parents - a very nice family."

The neighbour said the family had about six acres of land surrounding their property.

Mr Pierides was a director of independent ambulance company Door 2 Door - which is based in Tottenham, north London.

Police cordoned off the area surrounding the detached house in the village where they were discovered.

Initial searches have now been completed, police added.

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