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Grandmother and grandson drowned in lake "tragic accident"

An inquest into the deaths of a grandmother and her grandson from Rutland whose bodies were found in a lake has found it was a "tragic accident".

Dawn Mullany, 71, from Lincolnshire and Laurence Mullany-Mills, 6, were discovered in Holywell Lake, near Stamford in February.

Post-mortem examinations found they had drowned but despite police inquiries it is still unknown how they came to be in the water though it is thought the pair were near the water to feed ducks.

"Our investigations have definitively found that no third party contributed to the death of Mrs Mullany and Laurence, but we are unable to say exactly why or how they both ended up in the water.

"This was an awful, tragic accident and our thoughts are with the family. We hope that the conclusion of the inquest process enables them, in some sense, to move forward.

– Detective Chief Inspector David Wood

The six-year-old had gone to stay with his grandmother but had been due to return home earlier that day, the inquest held at Boston Magistrates' Court heard.

The family released a statement saying they knew what the inquest would be able to tell them, now they must rebuild their lives:

"We will never exactly know what happened that day, other than a tragic accident that's taken away two wonderful people and beloved pillars of our family.

"Now we have to continue with the long and difficult journey that is rebuilding our lives with the support of our family and friends and the loving memory of our years spent with Dawn and Laurie."

– Family of Dawn Mullany and Laurence Mullany-Mills