Relative's tribute to river death youngster

A RELATIVE of a six-year-old boy who died after an accident in a Suffolk river has this afternoon paid tribute to the youngster - and questioned how the tragedy was allowed to happen.

A RELATIVE of a six-year-old boy who died after an accident in a Suffolk river has this afternoon paid tribute to the youngster - and questioned how the tragedy was allowed to happen.

Trudi Staples, the second cousin of the boy, posted a message on this website after last night's tragedy in an isolated spot of the River Stour near Quay Lane in Sudbury.

It has emerged today that the boy, a member of the 1st Acton and Waldingfield Scout Group, was on a Beaver activity trip when the accident happened.

Trudi wrote: “He was a gorgeous little boy and the world will be a much emptier place without him.

“I am struggling to come to terms with how this was allowed to happen on an organised trip. I often take school children out and am fully aware of all the procedures you put into place to safeguard our children.

“RIP little angel.”

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Anybody with information is asked to contact Ann Naylor at Sudbury CID on 01473 613500.