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South Derbyshire MP warning over water play after death Tutbury Weir death

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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THE MP for South Derbyshire has warned parents and youngsters to heed advice about the dangers of playing near open water following the tragic death of a nine-year-old boy.

Heather Wheeler spoke out as shock continued to reverberate around Burton and South Derbyshire following the death of Kai Lambe.

The Heath Fields Primary School pupil, who lived in Heathway, Hatton, died on Friday after falling into a weir near Tutbury Mill on the River Dove.

Mrs Wheeler said: "At this time of year the police issue excellent advice about the dangers of playing in or close to open water courses.

"Unfortunately this tragic case looks like it highlights the reason why that advice should be taken in by everyone."

A neighbour of the family of Kai said her daughter Mia had 'given his mum a big hug' when they heard the devastating news about his death.

Sarah Parnell said her daughter had seen Dawn Lambe to comfort her following the tragedy.

Ms Parnell, 37, who is a full-time carer for her daughter, said: "Mia and Kai knew each other from school.

"Mia has always taken a liking to Dawn and wanted to see her when she was told about Kai's death.

"We went to see her and Mia gave her a big hug.

"We live down the same road so we know them well."

Staffordshire Police revealed an investigation into the events leading up to the death of the youngster was still 'ongoing'.

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."

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

An online fund-raising effort in Kai's memory has already secured £1,065.

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