Twisted text hoaxer tortures dad

Phillipa Campbell and (below) one of the messages
Phillipa Campbell and (below) one of the messages
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A VILE hoaxer is torturing a Wigan dad with beyond-the-grave messages from his late daughter.

In sickening acts of cruelty, a number of texts have been sent to Robert Campbell on his mobile purporting to be from his beloved Phillipa who died in a road smash two and a half years ago.

Texts on Robert Campbell's phone and (below) Phillipa

Texts on Robert Campbell's phone and (below) Phillipa

One taunts him by saying she is cold and that he can’t cuddle her, another begs forgiveness for the driver who killed her.

Appalled police have launched a major investigation and today appealed for anyone with information to get in touch. A devastated Mr Campbell said he couldn’t believe that anyone was capable of such callousness.

It is the latest blow to rock the 52-year-old, his wife Susan and 26-year-old son Lee.

They lost Phillipa in the small hours of Thursday, August 28, 2009 after she fatefully allowed friend Robert Johnston to take the wheel of her new MG TF.

A court heard that the vehicle was travelling at between 70 and 80mph before the then 21-year-old Johnston lost control of it at Skew Bridge on Warrington Road, Newtown. The car hit a kerb, struck fencing with devastating force and crashed into a garden wall more than 70m further down the road.

Police told Mr Campbell that Phillipa was dead on arrival at hospital although medics did continue in vain to try to save her at Wigan Infirmary.