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Kai Lambe weir death: Hundreds turn out to lantern tribute in memory of Hatton schoolboy

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 25, 2014


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FRIENDS and family of tragic schoolboy Kai Lambe held a lantern tribute tonight to the Hatton nine-year-old.

Kai died in hospital after falling into a weir on the River Dove at Tutbury on Friday.

His family and neighbours in Hatton decided launching flying lanterns into the night sky would be a fitting tribute. The lanterns and orange balloons were released into the sky at the spot where he fell and floating tealights were lit on the water.

Organiser Sophie Sanders said: “I wanted to get all of us together in memory of Kai.

“He was so memorable and so full of life, so we thought we would set some lanterns off and light up the sky for him.”

And tributes have continued to be paid to the Heath Fields Primary School pupil, who was reported to have got into difficulty and was pulled from the water and taken to Queen’s Hospital in Burton, where he was declared dead.

Kai was previously described by his devastated family as “vibrant, happy and bubbly”. He was known to all as “Ginge”.

Staffordshire Police are appealing for three children who tried to help Kai at the weir at the time he slipped in to get in contact with them.

They say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Kai’s death and a that file is being prepared for the Coroner.

Anyone with information should call Detective Constable Kate Sigley on 101.

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