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New appeal for witnesses to Haytor deaths

Police have returned to Haytor on Dartmoor this morning as they continue their investigation into the deaths of Katherine Hooper and her five year-old son Joshua who fell from rocks last Friday.

Detective Superintendent Paul Burgan who is leading the investigation told ITV News West Country that its thought the pair spent the night there before they died.

Miss Hooper's 2 year-old son Sam was found dead at the family home in Paignton.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who was at Haytor last week who may have inadvertantly filmed or photographed Kat Hooper and her son on the THURSDAY carrying a car booster seat.

Police to revisit Haytor in deaths investigation

Katherine Hooper with her two sons. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police investigating the deaths of a mother and son on Dartmoor are to return to the tourist spot where they died.

Katherine Hooper and her five year-old son Joshua fell from rocks at Haytor. It's thought the pair spent the night there before they died last Friday. Miss Hooper's 2 year-old son Sam was found dead at the family home in Paignton.

FULL REPORT : Investigations into Dartmoor deaths

by Bob Cruwys

Investigations are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two boys and their Mother. Katherine Hooper and her five year old son Joshua died after falling from Haytor on Dartmoor on Friday. Her two year old son Sam was then found dead at the family home in Paignton.

Today children at Joshua's school were offered counselling. Although police have launched a murder enquiry, they're not looking for anyone in connection with the deaths.


Council begins review after death of woman and her childen

Torbay Council says a serious case review has begun following the death of a woman and her two sons on Friday.

Katherine Hooper fell from Hay Tor on Dartmoor with her 5-year-old son. Her 2-year-old son was later found dead at her home.

This is a tragic event and our thoughts are with the family and friends of Katherine, Joshua and Samuel. Torbay Council will offer all the support it can to those affected by these sad deaths.

A police investigation is now underway and the process of putting in place a serious case review has started. Until all the details are known we are unable to make any further comment

– Councillor Ken Pritchard, Executive Lead for Children's Services, Torbay Council

School "saddened" after death of young boys

The school of a young boy who died on Friday have said they are "shocked and saddened" by his death.

Five year old Joshua Patterson was found with his 24 year old mother Katherine Hooper at the bottom of a 70ft cliff in Dartmoor National Park.

The body of his brother, 2 year old Samuel Patterson, was found at Katherine's home in Paignton.

We are all extremely shocked and saddened by this tragic news. Joshua was an amazing little boy whose bubbly personality and huge smile brightened everyone’s day. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Our focus now is to give support and care to our pupils and staff who are, understandably, very distressed. We will then turn our attention to how we can remember a very special little boy.

It would not be appropriate to make any further statement whilst a police investigation is taking place.

– Debbie Main, Headteacher - Roselands Primary School
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