THE family of tragic Jade Clark have thanked the media following the conviction of the man who caused her death.

The 16-year-old from Ringwood died on the A31 on February 24 this year after her moped was involved in a collision with a Volvo XC90 driven by Brian Hampton, 58.

The father-of-two, of Hornash Lane in Shadoxhurst, near Ashford, was jailed for six years after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice at Bournemouth Crown Court on Wednesday.

He had already pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving, two counts of driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.

Jade’s mother Sharon said: “Jade was a lovely young lady with a large group of friends – words cannot describe how much we all miss her.

“I know that nothing will bring Jade back or reduce our suffering but we have been warmed by the overwhelming support that we have received from the public – people who didn’t even know Jade. The whole family is also extremely grateful to the media for their help with the investigation and the support from the people and businesses in Ringwood.”