Manchester attack: Mail Online sorry over Jayden Parkinson photo

Pic of Jayden Parkinson Image copyright Samantha Shrewsbury
Image caption Jayden's photo was shared as one of the missing people from the Manchester attack

Mail Online has apologised for publishing a photo of a girl murdered in 2013 as among those missing after the Manchester Arena explosion.

Twenty-two people were killed and 250 injured in a suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the venue on 22 May.

The following day Mail Online used a "viral" social media post of missing people that included Jayden Parkinson.

Her mother has received an apology and a £150 donation from the website.

But Samantha Shrewsbury said on Twitter she was "disgusted" by the response from Mail Online.

She told the BBC: "To see that [post] the day after the Manchester bombing, it was a nightmare, it took me back 20 steps from where I was.

"I have to deal with this every day, that something reminds me of her. But to have that happen, and then have a half-hearted apology, is a real kick in the teeth.

"I don't think much of Mail Online - their apology is not accepted."

Image copyright Police/family
Image caption Jayden Parkinson was discovered by police in an occupied grave in Didcot

Jayden, 17, was strangled by her ex-boyfriend Ben Blakeley in Oxfordshire. Her body was found buried in a Didcot graveyard in December 2013.

Several images circulating online after the Manchester attack have been identified as fakes.

In a letter to Ms Shrewsbury Ashlee Gagui, editorial manager at Mail Online, apologised for causing her family "further grief".

He wrote: "The image montage was created by a social media user and had gone viral by the time we published it.

"As soon as we understood the photo to be a fake, we removed it from our website and internal systems."

Mail Online was contacted for a comment.

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