Boy, 12, dies after garage wall collapses in Clacton, Essex

The scene of the garage wall collapse in Clacton.
The scene of the garage wall collapse in Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 12-year-old boy has died after a garage wall collapsed at a house in Essex.

Police and firefighters were called to St John's Road in Clacton just before 7pm on Friday 21 October.

A man in his 30s was rescued from the rubble with an arm injury but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the pair knew each other and the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Detective Inspector James Hardingham, who is leading the investigation, said: “My thoughts are with the family and friends of those concerned at this sad time.

“We’re continuing our enquiries to establish the facts leading to the wall collapse.

“If anyone has information that can help us, or anyone who was in St John’s Road just before 7pm last night and saw anything that could help our investigation, they should call us.”

The wall collapsed at a house yards away from the fire station in Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters worked "incredibly hard" to rescue the pair from under the bricks.

Station manager Nick Singleton said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with everyone who knew the child as well as the wider Clacton community.

"Our firefighters worked incredibly hard to save both casualties and this is never the outcome we want to see.

"We will be offering further support to all of the firefighters who attended this difficult incident."

Road closures were in place while emergency services dealt with the incident.

The house the garage was attached to has been declared safe.

Police have appealed for anyone with information, CCTV or dashcam footage to come forward.

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