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    Unhappy Kiwi's mystery death in Britian kept secret




    A young New Zealand nurse on her OE in London has been found dead, but her flatmates say British police told them to keep her death secret.

    Cherie Chapman, 28, died in London last Saturday. Her parents, John and Cynthia Chapman of Mt Maunganui, did not find out until Tuesday when one of the flatmates rang her own mother, who called the Chapmans.

    The mysterious police reticence around disclosing Cherie's death, or any information about how she died, has sparked a diplomatic incident.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has issued a "please explain" to the British police. Ministry duty consular officer Grant Traill said he was aware there was concern about the time it took for the family to be informed. "The family have advised there was a lag," he said. "We have asked our officers to query whether that was the case."

    Family friend Christina Sturt said Cherie's bereaved parents had trouble verifying their daughter's death.

    "They rang the New Zealand police who contacted Interpol who knew nothing," said Sturt. "Finally they tracked it right back to the local police station to find out that it was true."

    The local police allegedly told the Chapmans that they had not contacted them because they were still investigating - but details about a mystery man hanging around outside the house worried the couple. Cherie's parents, who own fresh produce stores in Tauranga and Mt Maunganui, have flown to London to find out how she died and to bring her home.

    "Regardless of what they were doing, they should have notified the parents," said Sturt.

    "She had been dead for three days. One of the girls who flats with her rang her mother and said they had been told they weren't to ring anyone in New Zealand and say anything."

    Usually, when a New Zealander dies abroad, Interpol is advised so local police can tell next-of-kin.

    Traill said he was not aware if Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully's office had been told. MFAT expected a response from British police next week.

    Cherie had been in London since February. She was born in McKay, Queensland, attended Otumoetai College in Tauranga and Waiariki Institute of Technology. Sturt described her as an "absolute angelic girl - very, very attractive".

    Cherie's parents have been accompanied to London by her older sister Jaydene, and older brothers Paul and Keron.

    Paul's partner, Tauranga hairdresser Hayley Gaby, said the family were trying to find out what happened. Cherie had passed away suddenly but at this stage her death was not considered to be suspicious.

    Sturt said Cherie had much to look forward to. She planned to tour Europe, meet her parents in Los Angeles for a holiday and was to be chief bridesmaid at Jaydene's wedding.

    "They were very, very close," said Sturt.

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    The filth are too busy trying to hide all those payments from News International to worry about a minor issue like this.

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    Merdecock distraction

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    What a disgraceful way to treat people perhasp they are too busy selling this dreadful news to the press.I hope they sue
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    Was she a mule for a drug gang and police kept quiet to catch the rest of the gang? maybe somebody is better at doing searches as I could not find the story, saw cocaine mentioned.

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    Initial inquiries by Foreign Affairs officials have indicated British authorities ''followed'' accepted protocols following the death of a Kiwi nurse in the UK.
    Cherie Chapman, 28, died in London last Saturday.
    But her family was not formally notified of her passing until three days later, initially learning of her tragic death from one of the young woman's flatmates.
    The Herald on Sunday has reported the incident had "sparked a diplomatic incident", with a 'please explain' message being issued to British authorities.
    A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed to Fairfax Media that the Government department had approached their British counterparts for clarification.
    But she said: ''As far as I can see the process has been followed. But we will have to confirm that once we have made inquiries.''
    The London-based New Zealand High Commission was checking with British police to see if they thought there was an unacceptable delay in launching the process which would notify Cherie's family of her death.
    If there was a delay, the spokeswoman said the timing of Cherie's death - which happened on a Saturday - could have been a contributing factor.
    But that did not mean that British authorities had made an error in the notification process.
    The MFAT spokeswoman said the department expected to have a definitive response from British authorities by the end of the week.
    It has been reported that after speaking to one of Cherie's flatmates, her parents contacted the New Zealand Police, who in turn contacted Interpol, who said they knew nothing of Cherie's death.
    The Chapman's finally tracked officers in London who were working on the investigation into Cherie's death who confirmed her passing on July 9.
    A newspaper report claimed British police told Cherie's parents that they had not been informed as they were still investigating the cause of death.
    Cherie's parents - John and Cynthia Chapman - have since flown to the UK.



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    Linky please ! News thread.
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