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Resident preparing for evacuation 'with crossed fingers'

One resident living a few miles outside Staines says he is waiting "with crossed fingers" to see whether he will be forced to evacuate his home.


Greenpeace: 'Dice loaded towards extreme weather'

Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven has said that it has been clear for many years that "climate change loads the dice in favour of more frequent extreme weather events like floods."

Mr Sauven said that the "Government's own experts are making the link" meaning that the "the climate-sceptic quacks at the heart of David Cameron's Cabinet have nowhere left to hide".

He said: "Far from being an eccentric intellectual quirk, climate change denial is a grave risk to the future well-being and security of the people of Britain."

He said that the Government's failure to invest in making Britain more resilient to the impacts of climate change is a "grave blunder that should trigger immediate questions about the competence of the ministers in charge".

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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


Cause of seven-year-old boy's death 'still unknown'

The cause of death of a seven-year-old boy who died after falling ill in his flood-hit home is still unknown, Surrey Police has said.

Police are investigating whether flooding was a factor in the death of the boy, named locally as Zane Gbangbola. Chief Superintendent Dave Miller said:

We are continuing to work with partner agencies and officers are following various lines of enquiry.

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.

Tributes paid to 'lovely' boy in mystery illness death

Tributes have been paid to a seven-year-old boy who died after falling ill in his flood-hit home. Police are investigating whether flooding was a factor in the death of the boy, named locally as Zane Gbangbola.

Firefighters check water levels outside a house in Thameside in Chertsey, Surrey Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Officers have refused to be drawn on whether carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator pumping out flood water from his home may have been to blame.

Anoop Hothi, 31, taught Zane martial arts at the Sport Martial Arts Academy in Egham, which he joined aged five. Mr Hothi, also a neighbour of Zane's family, said: "Little Zane was an absolute joy to teach, and it's children like him who make teaching so much more rewarding.

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

'No indication' of public health risk in child death case

The Government's public health agency is assisting police in Surrey with its investigation into the sudden death of a seven-year-old boy in flood-hit Chertsey.

Police said the flooding was "one line of inquiry" they were pursuing in relation to the boy's death.

It is too early to speculate on the cause of death and Public Health England is working with the other agencies to assist this investigation and ensure appropriate action is taken to protect public health.

Currently, there are no indications that there is a wider public health risk.

– A spokeswoman for Public Health England
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