Investigation into Chertsey boy's death

Properties in Chertsey, Surrey have been evacuated after the death of a seven-year-old boy from a mystery illness.

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Headmaster pays tribute to Zane

The headmaster of St George's Junior School in Weybridge, Antony Hudson, has paid tribute to his pupil Zane Gbangbola:

"Zane was a ‘larger than life' character who was known throughout the Junior School; in fact, he was probably the best known pupil from the Lower Years amongst the Upper Years' children due not only to his lovely ‘shock of curls' which made him visibly stand out, but far more importantly because he was a passionate member of the Green Committee.

It's been lovely for me personally this academic year to have had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours or so with him each week, teaching him Religious Education and taking him for Football Club."

– Antony Hudson, Headmaster, St George's Junior School

The school intends to compile a memory book of the 7-year-old over the coming days which will then be presented to his parents.

Chertsey flood death: No clear cause of death

A post-mortem carried out to try and determine the cause of 7-year-old Zane Gbangbola's death in Chertsey over the weekend has not found a "clear cause of death".

Police say tests are continuing.

Zane Gbangbola died in Chertsey early on Saturday amid heavy flooding. Credit: .

Zane's parents are still in hospital where they are continuing to receive medical treatment.


Water samples hold no answers to child's death

Water samples taken from the Chertsey house where seven-year-old Zane Gbangbola fell ill have revealed there's no link between the boy's death and the quality of water at his home.

Based on the results of the analysis, we haveconcluded that there is nothing in the water samples that may explain the causeof the incident. The Environment Agency is continuing to assist on the ongoingpolice enquiry.

– The Environment Agency

Police hope the test results will reassure local residents. They say it could take several days to determine exactly what killed the boy.

Police have named seven-year-old Surrey boy

Zane Gbangbola

Police have named Zane Gbangbola as the seven-year-old boy who fell ill and died in Chertsey, Surrey yesterday. The cause of death is still unknown and a post mortem is expected to take place in the coming days.

Kye Gbangbola clearing flood waters from outside his home on January 12 Credit: PA

Zane's father Kye Gbangbola has been clearing flood waters from outside the family home for weeks. Police are refusing to say whether Zane's death is related to the flooding.

Martial arts club in tribute to Zane

The martial arts club which Zane Gbangbola attended has issued a statement on its website confirming the 7-year-old's death.

Many of you will know him and his parents and many the children would have trained with him over the last 2 years that he has been with us.

Starting off in Little Samurais aged 5 he was always enthusiastic and energetic about his training, showing the same passion for Martial Arts that his father has.

This is a terrible loss of some one with their whole life in front of them, I am deeply saddened and devastated by this tragic news.

My thoughts are with his parents who are still in hospital and I’m sure those who knew him will join with me in offering our deepest condolences.

– The Sport Martial Arts Academy, Egham

Police yet to determine cause of death of Surrey boy

Surrey police are still investigating the cause of Zane Gbangbola's death yesterday. But they say there does not appear to be a wider risk to the public, with the illness limited to one family.

"There have been no further casualties reported. This, coupled with expert advice, leads us to believe at this stage that this is an isolated incident localised to one family."

"Surrey Police will release an update when a cause of death has been determined, however this may take several days. In the meantime it would be inappropriate to speculate."

– Chief Superintendent Dave Miller, Surrey Police.


Tributes for Surrey boy who died after falling ill

Tributes are pouring in for 7 year old Zane Gbangbola, who died yesterday after falling ill in his flood affected home. Zane's martial arts instructor Anoop Hothi says the boy was a joy to teach.

"I'm sure his school teachers would say the same thing. He was a lovely boy, and he came from good, caring parents."

"It's not the parents who are to blame for this. They were loving and caring people -it's the overall system that's to blame for his death."

"Zane had his whole life ahead of him. It's heart-breaking for his parents. I found out yesterday morning and I didn't want to believe it."

– Martial arts instructor Anoop Hothi

Police investigate whether child's death is linked to flooding

Police are investigating whether flooding may have resulted in the death of a 7 year old boy in Chertsey, Surrey yesterday. The boy, named locally as Zane Gbangbola, fell ill and later died in hospital. His parents remain in hospital in a serious condition.

Two police officers and 13 neighbours were released from hospital after being treated as a precaution. Police say they can't rule out a link to flooding in the area, and they refused to be drawn on whether the death was the result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Chertsey residents warned about illness

Chertsey residents are being told to seek medical attention if they feel unwell or show signs of diarrhoea and fever. A seven year old boy has died after becoming ill early this morning, while a man and women believed to be his parents are being treated in hospital.

Road closures are in place at the location, and police remain at the scene.

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Floods 'one line of inquiry' in seven-year-old's death

The area where a seven-year-old boy has died and his parents hospitalised with a mystery illness has been affected by flooding.

Police have said the recent weather conditions was "one line of inquiry" they were pursuing relating to the boy's death.

Chief Superintendent Dave Miller said the cause of the illness was unknown but refused to rule out a link to flooding. Credit: PA Wire

Chief Superintendent Dave Miller urged anyone local to Thameside, Chertsey, who is feeling unwell and showing signs of diarrhoea and fever to seek medical help.

A South East Coast Ambulance spokeswoman said the boy was found to be in a "very serious condition" when crews arrived, but refused to be drawn on the cause of the illness.

Police remain at the location and road closures are in place.

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