Parents speak of devastation at loss of son

THE parents of a six-year-old boy who died during a scout group outing have spoken of their devastation at the loss of their “gentle, well-liked” son.

Annie Davidson

THE parents of a six-year-old boy who died during a scout group outing have spoken of their devastation at the loss of their “gentle, well-liked” son.

Beaver scout Alan Lock, from Acton, was pulled from the River Stour in Sudbury last night and died later in hospital.

He had been out with the 1st Acton and Waldingfield Scout Group on an organised trip when the tragedy happened. Police are now investigating the youngster's death and said today it was still unclear how the incident happened.


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In a statement, Alan's parents said tonight: “We are shocked and devastated to have lost our son Alan, big brother to Adam.

“Alan was a kind, honest and gentle, well-liked boy, fun loving and always smiling.

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“He touched the lives of everyone he came into contact with, and he will always be missed by his family and friends.”

The couple also chose a treasured family photograph of their little boy to release with their statement.

Floral tributes have been left near the scene of the tragedy which happened just before 7.30pm yesterday at an isolated part of the River Stour.

It is thought the youngster was pulled from the river by a group leader before being taken by paramedics to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds where he died.

For full details see Thursday's EADT.

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