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Tribute to 'talented' girl as inquest is adjourned.

The mother of a 15-year-old schoolgirl found hanged at her Midland home paid tribute yesterday to her "beautiful and talented daughter".

Greta Wilkinson, who had struggled with a long-term mental illness, was found at the family home in Monkmoor, Shropshire, last Wednesday.

Greta, a pupil at the independent Shrewsbury High School for Girls, was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Her mother, Jennifer Burgess, described her only child yesterday as an "integral and loved" member of the family who would be "dearly missed".

"As a family we have been devastated at the loss of Greta," she said. "Greta was a beautiful, talented and caring young girl.

"She had a wonderful and lively intellect and enjoyed her school studies.

"She was particularly gifted at art, and had interests in drama, music and animal welfare.

"Over the past year, she has been suffering from mental health problems for which she was receiving treatment and which she was sadly unable to overcome.

"Words cannot express our shock and sadness, and the fact we were unable to help her through her difficulties.

"We would like to pass on our heartfelt thanks to friends and neighbours, to Greta's school and to relatives for their many kind acts and messages of support.

"We would now like to respectfully ask for peace and privacy to cope with our grief."

The inquest into Greta's death was opened and adjourned by south Shropshire coroner Anthony Sibcy on Monday.

It will be resumed on January 30 at Ludlow Magistrates' Court.
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