Inquiry underway into teenager's death

AN investigation is underway into the cause of the death of a 13-year-old Essex boy.

Hollie-Rae Merrick

AN investigation is underway into the cause of the death of a 13-year-old Essex boy.

Teenager Harry Robinson was taken to hospital after ambulance crews were called to an address at Terling, near Chelmsford, but tragically later died.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “Police were called by the ambulance service to an address in Gambles Green, Terling, on Thursday January 7 at 7pm.

“Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident where a 13-year-old boy was found with non-suspicious injuries.

“He was taken to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, where he later died. The case is now being dealt with by the coroner.”

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Last night, his heartbroken mother, Amanda Keable, denied reports that his death was linked to bullying - proclaiming that all past incidents had been dealt with by his school in a “satisfactory manner”.

In a statement released by Essex County Council, a devastated Ms Keable described Harry as being “the happiest he has ever been in the last few months”.

She said: “It would be totally and utterly wrong to suggest Harry's death was linked to bullying and I totally refute the allegations that have been made in the press in this regard.

However, she did accept that there had been “instances” involving the Notley High School student in the past.

“Instances involving Harry in the past, that were raised by myself with the school, were dealt with in a professional and satisfactory manner.

“The school was fully involved and engaged at all times and I cannot praise them enough.”

A spokesperson from the school said: “This is a difficult time for all those at the school. Harry Robinson was a popular, promising and friendly pupil.”

“The school takes extremely seriously any instances or accusations of bullying and has in place a robust anti-bullying policy.

“There were a number of isolated and limited incidents involving Harry that occurred away from the school itself.

“These incidents were brought to the attention of the school and were addressed and dealt with at the time.

“Harry's mother was also fully aware of the action that the school took. It would be incorrect to suggest that there was a campaign of bullying involving this pupil.”

On January 13, the case was opened and adjourned by the coroner.

A spokesman for Essex County Council said: “No cause of death had been given at this stage. However, the child's name was confirmed.”