Tragic teen's parents face inquest

PARENTS of an Ipswich teenager found hanging while on holiday in the Cotswolds today paid thanked all those who have helped them as they faced the ordeal of his inquest.

PARENTS of an Ipswich teenager found hanging while on holiday in the Cotswolds today paid thanked all those who have helped them as they faced the ordeal of his inquest.

The hearing into the death of former St Alban's High School pupil Timothy Raine was due to begin at 2.45pm at Shire Hall, Gloucester, this afternoon.

Prior to the inquest Michael and Shirley Raine, of Medway Road, paid tribute to their 18-year-old son and thanked all those who had supported them through what has been an extremely traumatic time.

In a joint statement they said: “The unexpected and sudden loss of Tim has been a great shock to us all.

“Today sees the official case brought to a close and for us marks another step along the way adjusting to life without him.

“He was a quiet, kind and gentle young man. He enjoyed his studies especially mathematics and physics.

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“We miss him very much and still find it extremely hard to believe he is not here.

“Our family and friends have been a tremendous help and we have also drawn much comfort and strength from our Christian faith and the support and prayers of our church family and also knowing that Tim shared the same faith.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank every one involved for their dedication, support, sensitivity and consideration.”

Timothy had been on holiday with his parents and was his body was found at a house in Park Road, Blockley, on the B4479 near Bourton-on-the-Hill close to the Gloucestershire/ Warwickshire border on July 15, just before 3.30pm.

An inquest was opened on July 21. The cause of death was said to be due to asphyxiation through hanging. The full inquest was due to be carried out today by Cheltenham and north Gloucestershire coroner Alan Crickmore.

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