Ashley's family prepares for funeral

FAMILY and friends of Ashley Dorling are today preparing to say goodbye to the popular teenager, as post mortem results reveal the cause of his death.Autopsy examinations concluded the 15-year-old died from drowning after he was pulled from a pond in Jovian Way, near to Morrisons on the Sproughton Road industrial estate on Saturday.

FAMILY and friends of Ashley Dorling are today preparing to say goodbye to the popular teenager, as post mortem results reveal the cause of his death.

Autopsy examinations concluded the 15-year-old died from drowning after he was pulled from a pond in Jovian Way, near to Morrisons on the Sproughton Road industrial estate on Saturday.

Speaking last night his older sister, Amy Steward said the family had set a date for the funeral.

She invited all of Ashley's friends and those that knew him to attend on Friday, July 17 at the West Chapel at Ipswich Crematorium.


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The wake will be held at the Belstead Arms pub, Ipswich.

She said the family are planning to start a campaign to fill in the pond that cut short the life of her little brother.

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“We are trying to apply as much pressure as we can to get the pond filled in,” she said. “I don't want anyone else to go in there, and we don't want another family to have to go through the pain we are going through right now.”

A spokesperson for Crest Nicholson (Eastern) the owners of the pond where Ashley died today said: “We continue to co-operate with the relevant authorities in their investigations and it would be inappropriate to provide any further information until these matters are complete.

“Our sympathy and thoughts must remain with the boy's family and friends at this difficult time.”

The family are planning a sponsored walk in Ashley's memory to raise money for his headstone and to create a memorial for friends and family in his beloved caravan, which sits on the family's driveway on Lavender Hill.

Kylie Dorling, one of Ashley's three older sisters said: “R.I.P My lil bro. Love and miss you always. You were such a good person to everybody.

“I will remember all the good times we had, all the laughs and all the drunken nights we had. You didn't listen to us, got up to no good at times but that made you who you are.

“Love you always lil bro, always in my heart. Never forget you. You will be looked after now. God bless, love you, sis Kylie and Daniel Fowler x.”

Paula Parker said: “R.I.P Ashley, can't believe you're gone. It's such a shock.

“Everyone's thinking of you babe, you didn't deserve this at all.

“My love goes out to your sister Stacey and the rest of your family. Gone But Never Forgotten x.”

Bethany Moffat said in her tribute: “R.i.p Ashley, you're going to be missed so much. It still feels like yesterday when we first met, as soon as I heard about this I was in tears I was thinking no it's not happening none of this is, but it has and unfortunately it happened to you.

“My love goes out to his family, keep standing strong it's what Ashley would have wanted.

“R.i.p mate you may be gone but you are never going to be forgotten.”

Neighbour Maria Laughlin said on behalf of her family: “Ashley, words cannot describe the loss we feel for you and your family, you were such a sweet boy, you always made us smile and laugh, you were too young, but you were meant for better things.

“You had your whole life ahead of you, but you always enjoyed your life to the fullest, we hope you carry on having fun where you are!

“Lavender Hill will never be the same without you!

“Always in our thoughts today and forever, rest in peace Ashley.

Lauren Steward added: “Ash babe we all love and miss you so much you had your life ahead of you.

“I feel for your family so much, sorry for your loss to your mum dad brothers and sisters.

“Rest In Peace Beautiful. Love You Always.”

And Billy Baker added: “R.I.P Ashley you was a lil soldier, never gonna be forgotten mate.”

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