Boy Found Hanged By Grandmother

A young boy has been found hanged at his Lancashire home.

Eight-year-old Joshua Aldred was found unconscious in his bedroom by his grandmother in Lytham on Thursday evening.

He was admitted to Blackpool hospital but was pronounced dead after attempts to resuscitate him failed.

It is understood Joshua's mother and grandfather and recently died from cancer and his family believe it was "a cry for help".

The coroner has been informed and a post mortem is due to take place.

Joshua had attended King Edward And Queen Mary School, Lytham St Annes.

Police family liaison officers are comforting the family who are said to be distraught.

Joshua's father Jason said that his son was a "loving and happy child" who had "missed his mother and spoke of her often".

He added that the family are sure Joshua only expected to injure himself slightly but that it resulted in "the loss of a beautiful boy".


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

03 July 2009
Tributes For Two Soldiers Killed In Afghan Blast
The British regiment commander who died in an Afghanistan bomb blast was the most senior ranking officer to have been killed since the Falklands War.
23 January 2008
Body Of Missing London Teen Found In Thames
The body of a teenage boy who disappeared while on a night out on Christmas Eve has been found in the River Thames.
13 July 2007
Family found murdered in Manchester
The bodies of a teenage pop star, her mother and her brother have been discovered with serious head injuries which has prompted police to begin a murder inquiry. The three, believed to be local nurse 35-year-old Beverley Matthews, her 13-year-old son Fred and 18-year-old Keisha were found at a house in Fallowfield, Greater Manchester.
01 July 2005
Three found guilty of family's murder
Following one of the longest murder trials in the UK, two men have been found guilty of the murder of a millionaire businessman, his wife, his mother-in-law and two infant sons. The body of Amarjit Chohan, 46, was washed up near Bournemouth Pier in spring 2003. The body of his 25-year-old wife Nancy was found in July 2003 near the same spot.
29 May 2014
Thousands Expected To Attend Vigil For Stephen Sutton
Thousands of people are expected to attend a vigil for the late cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton, who died aged 19 after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer aged 15. He raised more than £3m for charity. His mother, Jane Sutton said the service, which will be at the Lichfield Cathedral, would be a celebration of his life.