Mum pays tribute to 'little angel'

THE mother of a six-year-old boy killed when a wall he was climbing collapsed has paid tributes to the youngster.William Eastwood died on Sunday afternoon while playing football with his four-year-old brother.

By Roddy Ashworth

THE mother of a six-year-old boy killed when a wall he was climbing collapsed has paid tributes to the youngster.

William Eastwood died on Sunday afternoon while playing football with his four-year-old brother.

As he tried to scale the wall to fetch a ball which had been kicked out of his grandparents' garden in Western Road, Colchester, he fell and the breeze blocks it was made from came down on top of him.


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Although paramedics arrived quickly and battled to save him, he was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived at Colchester General Hospital.

Yesterday William's mother, Kelly Knight, of Military Court in Colchester, remembered her son as a “little angel with a heart of gold.”

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“He was a very loving and caring little boy who used to help anyone. He was always there with a cuddle to let you know everything was OK,” she added.

“William was a very clever little boy who was very popular at school and was doing well there. He was a very creative lad who was always making things, and had lots of ideas.

“He was a very special little boy who loved his little brother Solomon. He was the best son you could wish for, who was mentally strong and always there to help, particularly around the house.”

William's grandmother, Janice Bryony Knight, added: “William was a lovely, lively boy who was mad about football and motorbikes and liked playing video games and riding his bike.

“A couple of days ago he told me he was going to be a mechanic and ride a motorbike - he watched scrambling on TV and wanted to do that.

“He liked climbing and used to climb at play school on the bars. In the park he would climb the wall until he could touch the top and then come down again.

“He was a bright boy and will be missed and loved always. He was very special to me and always will be.”

Janice Knight's partner Nicholas Goff, who was with the boys in the garden at the time of the accident, said: “This lovely, fun-loving boy loved spending the day crab-fishing and playing on the beach with the dog.

“William was a very special boy who will always remain in my heart.”

William was a pupil at Kendall School in Colchester. Fellow pupils were told of the accident at assembly yesterday morning.

Kelly and her family now ask that they be left alone to let William rest in peace.

Yesterday the remains of the wall, which was about seven feet tall, lay strewn in an alleyway with only a few breeze blocks still intact.

Families living nearby had left posies of flowers and cards at the scene.

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