Tributes come from across the borough for the boys at Babbs Mill Lake - The Solihull Observer

Tributes come from across the borough for the boys at Babbs Mill Lake

Solihull Editorial 14th Dec, 2022 Updated: 14th Dec, 2022   0

TRIBUTES have come from far and wide in memory of the three boys who died after falling into a frozen Solihull lake.

Emergency services who were at the Kingshurst park, and local politicians, have come together in memory of the 11, 10 and eight-year-olds.

A fourth boy, aged six, remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Speaking at a press briefing, Solihull Superintendent Richard Harris from West Midlands Police said: “On behalf of everybody in the community and on behalf of West Midlands Police I would like to pass on our deepest sympathies at this time.

“Also this time of year, it’s on the run-up to Christmas, so close to the event itself, also adds to that tragedy.”

Richard Stanton, area commander for West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS), said: “We are deeply saddened by the death of three boys who were rescued by our firefighters here at the lake.

“The boys’ deaths are a tragedy beyond words, and the thoughts and heartfelt sympathies here at WMFS are with their families, friends and wider community at this distressing time.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We offer our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the three boys who have sadly died following the incident in Babbs Mill Park.

“Our thoughts also remain with the family of the fourth boy who remains in a critical condition in hospital.”

Councillor Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Council, said: “I and all members and officers of Solihull Council are stunned by the dreadful situation at Babbs Mill and our thoughts are with the families and friends of all those affected.

“I know the people of Kingshurst are a close knit community and I am sure they will be supporting each other during this difficult time.

“We will be providing help and resources today and in the weeks ahead to try and assist where we can.

“We would like to thank the emergency services for their incredible bravery and resilience during the operation.”

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said: “At this most tragic and devastating time, my heart goes out to the families who have lost their most precious gift.

“May the young lives rest in peace.”

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster said: “My heart goes out to the family and friends of the young boys who have tragically died.

“I extend my best wishes to the fourth boy, who remains in a critical condition.

“This is an absolute tragedy. I again pay tribute to the emergency service workers who entered the water to rescue them. This is a deeply shocking incident and the whole community are in my thoughts.”

Solihull Liberal Democrats tweeted: “We wish to express our deep sorrow at the tragic events that took place at Babbs Mill Lake over the weekend.

“We’re praying for the six-year-old boy who is now in hospital in a critical condition and send his family and loved ones our best wishes at this tragic and difficult time.”

Solihull Green party said: “We’re heartbroken by the tragedy and will work to support the families and community to heal from this.”


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