More than 750,000 sign petition for 'Caroline's Law' launched by South Shields man after death of TV presenter Caroline Flack

A petition launched by a South Shields man calling for new laws in the wake of the death of Caroline Flack has gathered more than 750,000 signatures.
TV presenter Caroline Flack passed away aged 40.TV presenter Caroline Flack passed away aged 40.
TV presenter Caroline Flack passed away aged 40.

Dennis Patton from South Shields set up the petition on Saturday, February 15 after the news broke that the former Love Island presenter had died at the age of 40.

Mr Patton’s petition has gathered more than 700,000 signatures in the space of a few days on the 38 Degrees website.

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On the afternoon of Sunday, February 16 it was attracting more than 50,000 new signatures every hour.

It has now been supported by celebrities and friends of Miss Flack such as actor Chris O’Dowd and author Dawn O’Porter.

Inquest proceedings have been adjourned until Wednesday, August 5.

Robin Priestley, campaigns director at 38 Degrees said: “The sheer number of people signing this petition speaks to a huge outpouring of grief and anger after Caroline’s tragic death.”

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The Society of Editors issued a statement after suggestions that the media should be held responsible for the tragic death of TV personality Caroline Flack.

It said: “We cannot know the reasons why Caroline chose to end her life however, it is wrong to blame the media for her decision without knowing the facts. Indeed, the Samaritans guidance on reporting suicides makes clear that speculation over causes or presumptuous explanations often oversimplify the complex reasons behind an individual’s decision to end their life.

Call Samaritans free any time on 116 123, or visit to find details of your nearest branch.