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Hatton youngster Kai Lambe's shirt number to be retired by his club following his tragic death

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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THE junior football team of a youngster who died after falling into a weir have decided to retire his shirt number in his honour.

Hatton United confirmed that the number 10 shirt for its under-10s team would be officially retired in memory of Kai Lambe.

The nine-year-old, who would wear the shirt when playing for the team, tragically died on Friday after falling into the water near Tutbury Weir on the River Dove.

The team will play their first game of the season on Saturday, September 6, at Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College, in Stapenhill, which will be dedicated to the youngster, who lived with his parents in Heathway, Hatton.

A spokesman for the club said: "The number 10 shirt this season will not be issued to the under-10s team."

The entire Burton Junior Football League will hold a minute's silence before every game on the opening day of the season next month.

A spokesman for the team said: "Kai was one of our juniors.

"He loved playing football.

"He played for Hatton for the last two years and was getting ready for the under-10s season."

The Heath Fields Primary School pupil was reported to have got into difficulty after falling into the weir.

He was pulled from the water and taken to Burton's Queen's Hospital, where he was declared dead.

Staffordshire Police revealed officers were still looking to trace anyone who may have tried to help Kai before he died.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "We are still appealing for the public's help in identifying three children who were also at the weir at 6.15pm on Friday.

"These children, not known to Kai or his friends and not from Hatton, tried to help and may have witnessed something that will help detectives establish the exact circumstances of what happened.

"Detectives would also be keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident who may have been walking through Tutbury by the river around that time."

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101.

Kai has been described by his devastated family as "vibrant, happy and bubbly" and was known to all as 'Ginge'.

More than 100 people have also donated to a special fund-raising drive aimed at building a memorial to Kai in the village where he lived.

A total of £1,601 has already been collected – beating the original £1,000 target.

People can donate by heading online to www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/kai-lambe-special-memoral-fundraiser/223129

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