26/05/2009

Boy Dies In Neighbour's Pond

A three-year-old boy has died after being found face down in a neighbour's garden pond.

Freddie Watmough was discovered by police who were called after he went missing from a house in Victoria Street in Dover on Saturday morning.

His parents released a statement saying: "We just can't believe he was taken away from us so suddenly and in such a tragic way."

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Police carried out a search of the area and found the boy in a neighbouring garden, face down in a pond.

"An officer attempted emergency first aid and the boy was taken by ambulance to the William Harvey Hospital where he was sadly pronounced dead."

He added that the boy's death is not being treated as suspicious.

Edward Sedgwick, who lives in Victoria Street, Cover, where Freddie went missing, said: "We were told that the little boy had wandered off and his family were immediately out looking for him.

"The next thing we knew was that he'd been found but he was hurt.

"A helicopter turned up shortly after that and we heard about an hour later that the child had died."

(JM/BMcC)

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