04/07/2014 10:01 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Girl, 13, Finds Explicit Text Messages On Phone Loaned By EE



A schoolgirl found sexually explicit text messages on a mobile phone handset lent to her by phone company EE.

Marina Keefe, 13, from Higher Broughton, Greater Manchester, was given the phone by EE while her handset was being fixed. She was texting a friend when she saw the lewd messages, which were pretty graphic to say the least.

According to the Metro, One read: 'Stocking and blow job night baby x' and another: 'Sorry darling but when someone is as gorgeous as you my d*** has a lot to say ...will look after you.'

A third read: 'Maybe some light f*****ing on Friday.'

Marina's mother, Lisa Johns, 38, said: "Parents should be able to choose when to talk about this kind of thing with their children. It's quite shocking that anyone could have had access to these messages regardless of their age, and especially a child.

"She shouldn't be reading things like this at her age. She's only 13. She is upset by the whole thing and is too embarrassed to talk to us about what happened."

Marina's original handset was a gift from her grandmother, Catherine Lally, 60. When the phone broke, she was given a temporary Samsung handset from the EE shop at The Fort shopping centre in Cheetham Hill.

Catherine, also from Higher Broughton, said: "She started crying and we took the phone off her. When I called the EE shop the manager offered advice on how to clear the messages and said 'all I can do is apologise'."

Orange, whose parent company is EE, said it has strict policies about erasing user content from loan devices, and its processes of deleting content will also be reviewed.

Catherine has been offered £100 towards a new mobile phone and £20 credit.

An Orange spokeswoman said: "We are very sorry for any distress caused to Ms Lally and her granddaughter and have offered to replace the phone immediately.

"By way of an apology, we have also offered Ms Lally a gesture of goodwill, and she is happy with the resolution."

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