McCann troll found dead in hotel room

October 6th 2014

A 63-year-old woman accused of trolling Madeleine McCann's family has was found dead at the weekend, with police not treating the death as suspicious.

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Brenda Leyland, from Leicestershire, was accused of being one of the people who conducted a campaign of abuse against Kate and Gerry McCann via Twitter. She was confronted outside her home last week by a Sky News reporter – who said that she had tweeted messages attacking the family via the handle @sweepyface, to which she responded "I'm entitled to do that".

Four days later she was found dead in a guest room at the Marriott hotel in Leicester.

A Leicestershire Police spokesperson said: "Police were called at 13:42 on Saturday 4 October to reports of a body of a woman in a hotel room in Smith Way, Grove Park. Officers have attended the scene and a file is being prepared for the coroner. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Sky issued a statement saying: "We were saddened to hear of the death of Brenda Leyland. It would be inappropriate to speculate or comment further at this time."

The hotel issued a statement saying: "We are very sad to confirm the death of a guest at the Leicester Marriott Hotel and our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the deceased."

Madeleine McCann,then aged 3 years, shown here, disappeared whilst on holiday In Portugal in 2007. Her father Gerry told the BBC on Friday: "Clearly something needs to be done about the abuse on the internet. I think we probably need more people charged."

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