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Suffolk school mourns the loss of popular pupil killed by an airgun

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard

There's been a fresh warning of the dangers of airguns after a teenage boy was killed in Suffolk at the weekend.

13-year-old Ben Wragge from Thurston died after being hit by an air pellet on Sunday afternoon.

Two teenagers were arrested but have since been released on bail.

Flowers were laid at the school gates today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ben was a pupil at Thurston Community College, and today his classmates have been coming out of lessons to read the messages left by the gates.

Special assemblies were held in the school this morning to tell students how they can access support as they come to terms with the loss of a 'mature and intelligent young man.'

Many of Ben's friends left messages following his death. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ben was taken to West Suffolk Hospital in a critical condition but died as a result of his injuries caused by an air pellet.

People are saddened and shocked by the incident and they do feel for the families involved in this tragic event.

People like to live in Thurston. It's quiet.

They like to go quietly about their daily business. But they do pull together and support each other in times of adversity.

– Cllr Peter Robinson, Thurston Parish Council
Thurston is a quiet village near Bury St Edmunds. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ben's death has reignited the debate over the dangers of air guns, with Simon Reinhold from The British Association for Shooting and Conservation telling ITV News Anglia that young people need to be educated about the risk of using firearms.

The arrested teenagers are due to return to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre next month.