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Family mourns playground death boy

The grieving family of a five-year-old who died after he fell from a school climbing frame have paid tribute to the "loving and happy boy who touched everyone's life in a very positive way".

Samuel Orola was knocked unconscious when he apparently lost his footing in the playground at around 1pm on Thursday.

He was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

His death, at Tolworth Infant and Nursery School, in Surbiton, Surrey, is being treated as unexplained.

In their statement, his parents, younger sister and wider family said: "We will certainly never forget the happy times we shared with him and pray his soul rests is perfect peace. Amen."

His relatives, who asked not to be named, have requested privacy to mourn during what they said is "obviously a trying time for the family".

Samuel, who lived close to the school, had already stopped breathing when officers arrived at the scene at around 1.10pm, following a call from London Ambulance Service.

Headteacher Rachel Nye has offered her condolences to Samuel's family in a statement on the school's website.

"It is with the deepest sadness that I have to inform parents and carers that a tragic accident occurred in the playground at lunchtime," she said. "I know that all our thoughts and sympathy will be with the child's family."

She said staff would support children and families, with additional adults called in to the school in the aftermath of Samuel's death. "We are working with the police, local authority and the Health and Safety Executive and a full investigation is taking place," she added.


From Belfast Telegraph