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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Police probe bullying link in death of Cumbrian boy, 10

Police are investigating whether a 10-year-old Cumbrian boy found hanged in his bedroom could have been a victim of bullying.

Harry Hucknall photo
Harry Hucknall

Related: Memorial service for Cumbrian boy, 10, found hanged in his bedroom

Harry Hucknall, a relative of Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall, was discovered by neighbours on Sunday night after his mother Jane White raised the alarm.

Ambulance crews were called to his home in Ullswater Close, Dalton, in the south of the county.

But despite the efforts of family members and paramedics, the boy was pronounced dead when he arrived at Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

Police investigating his death today issued an appeal for anyone with information that could help officers understand the circumstances surrounding the tragedy to come forward.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Forrester said: “We are pursuing every line of inquiry to uncover what has led to this tragic event.

“As part of this, we will be investigating whether Harry was victim to bullying or intimidation.

“Over the coming days and weeks we will be speaking to Harry's friends and family to try to establish what may have led to his death.”

Harry’s mum has paid tribute to her son on behalf of the family, describing him as “loving, energetic and adventurous”.

A memorial service to Harry will be held at George Romney Junior School, where he was a pupil, today.

Harry is a twice removed cousin of Simply Red frontman Hucknall, whose cousin is Harry’s grandfather.

Anyone with information that can help the police investigating should call 0845 3300247.

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