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Tributes after Tolworth Infants tradegy

A five year-old boy has died in a playground accident at a Tolworth school.

After the accident, which happened at 1pm yesterday afternoon, the unconscious youngster was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Head teacher Rachel Nye has paid tribute to her pupil. She said, ‘It will take some time to come to terms with this tragedy. Opening [the school] today was hard but it was the best thing to do for the children.’

Floral tributes left outside the school included notes saying, ‘To a wonderful little boy and best friend. We will miss you lots. From Charlie, Florence, Jason and Natalie.’

Another said: ‘To Sammy. May you rest in peace with the angels. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Sleep tight little man. Natasha, Stephen, Stevie junior and Pia.’

According to police, the youngster was found unconscious and not breathing. He was later pronounced dead at a west London hospital.

A mother, who asked not to be named, with two children at Tolworth schools said, “From what I understand this is a tragic accident and of course there will have to be an investigation but I would not send my own children to the school if there was any question that there safety might be in question.”

Tributes have begun to pour in on social media site Twitter.

The school was due to open as normal on Friday. Police are treating the death as unexplained and have started an investigation.

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and a post mortem examination will take place in due course.

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