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Tributes to teen who drowned on Turkish holiday

Tributes have started to pour in on social media for the 19-year-old student from Solihull who died in Turkey whilst swimming on holiday with friends.

Subhan Khan Credit: BPM Media

Subhan Khan died on 18 May during a short three-day trip, according to a relative who lives in Pakistan.

He has been described by friends as “such a nice lad”.

The Foreign Office has confirmed they are supporting the family of a British man who died in the Aegean coastal resort of Altinkum in Turkey.

The victim’s cousin, Raja Umair, spoke to the Birmingham Mail about the family’s loss from his home in Pakistan.

He said Subhan had previously lived in Stoke-on-Trent and had then lived with his parents in Solihull.

The business and commerce student, who met his cousin during a visit he had made to Pakistan just five months ago, said his family had been left heartbroken by his death.

Raja, who is also 19, said Subhan’s family are obviously very upset about what has happened.

He was very young and was only on holiday for three days. I have been told that he fell into the sea and his body was recovered later that same day.

He was on holiday with a cousin and some friends.

There is a police investigation going on and his father has travelled out to Turkey.

– Raja Umair
Subhan Khan Credit: BPM Media

Such sad news, brother Subhan Khan passed away in Turkey today, he drowned. Only 18 years old and gone from this world. Life isn’t guaranteed

– Message posted to Facebook from Zaheer Asghar

Megs Hegdekar also posted a moving tribute that said:

“For you Subhan Khan, RIP can’t believe it still feel sick to my stomach re-reading our old conversations, know we weren’t close any more but I cannot begin to explain how sorry I am we hadn’t spoken in so long. I could not feel more guilty.

"Can’t believe how fragile this life is, if you value someone tell them, if you love someone show them, life is way too unpredictable and this definitely isn’t fair, please know there’s so much love and thoughts of you going round.

And to your family and those who were so much closer to you than I ever was, I am so sorry this has happened, RIP."

Horrible feeling when you used to go [to the] same school as someone and they pass away. We had our laugh and jokes in art lessons and music and to hear that you are gone forever is shocking. RIP Subhan Khan.

– Shoeb Hussain

Kamilah Ashanti added: “RIP Subs, he was such a nice lad.”



Lanes have been reopened on the M42 Northbound

Lanes have now been reopened. Credit: Highways England

Lanes have been reopened on the M42 Northbound after an earlier accident.

Investigations continue into Starbucks lift plunge

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An investigation is underway into how a woman fell around 25 feet down a lift shaft at a Starbucks in Solihull.

The female employee, believed to be in her 20s, suffered a suspected broken leg and pelvis in the accident on Thursday afternoon.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council are taking the lead, rather than the Health and Safety Executive, because it is a retail premises.

They say there is no time scale for how long the investigation will last, and that they cannot comment on what steps the investigation will include.

Starbucks released a statement saying:

We are shocked and distressed by this terrible incident and we’re working closely with the authorities as they investigate how this could have happened. Our store will remain closed until the investigation is finished.

– Starbucks spokesperson
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