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Boy dies after collapsing in school toilet

By NeilShaw  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

Charlie Alford, picture from tribute page Charlie Alford Never to be Forgotten on Facebook

Charlie Alford, picture from tribute page Charlie Alford Never to be Forgotten on Facebook

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A 16-year-old boy has died after collapsing in the toilet block at his school.

Police were informed at around 5.30pm yesterday that a 16 year old boy had died.

Staff at the Saltash site of Cornwall College found the boy, named by his friends as Charlie Alford, collapsed in a toilet area during the afternoon.

CPR was carried out by staff and he was shortly afterwards taken to hospital by ambulance and was later declared deceased.

Police are working closely with the college to ensure the welfare of staff and students are looked after and officers, as is usual in incidents such as these, are investigating the circumstances of this death.

At this time no one is being sought in connection with this death.

Two tribute pages have been created for Charlie Alford, from Landrake.

One page on Facebook, which has more than 400 'likes', describes Charlie as: "A man with heart and soul."

It says: "I set up this page to remember a man who had a bright future ahead of him, please post a message to him in heaven. He will be missed, our thoughts go to Charlie's family and friends."

Memorial events have already been organised for Charlie, including two-minutes silence in the centre of Landrake this afternoon and a gathering at a Landrake pub, the Buller's Arms, on Friday at 7.30pm.

Dozens of tributes have been left on the Facebook pages.

Mandy Stapleton wrote: "charlie you were never alone and you never will be let the angels fly and carry you safly in gods hands xx"

Tamara Raw wrote: "Always gonna miss you Charlie, you made me laugh so much and it's so hard to believe you're gone. Never forgotten xx"

Sam Thomas wrote: "Never forgotten mate, take care up there, will remember you as the cheery boy I always seen, man this and man that, sleep tight buddy but I'm not saying goodbye as you are still here in our minds and hearts night mate x"

Bryony Hine wrote: "Charlie has made an impression on everyone even people that don't know him have shown their respect. Such a great lad, life is so cruel, taking away someone just like that. You will be missed loads, thoughts to your family and friends, your in a good place now, rip.♥"

Another Facebook page, called Charlie Alford Never to be Forgotten, also has close to 400 likes.

It states: "Charlie Alford was part of a small community in the village of Landrake ,he was known by many people and loved by allot, he meant something positive to everybody and he will always truly be missed ...R.I.P charlie ♥"

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  • totallynutty  |  September 27 2012, 2:01PM

    Oh Charlie, Charlie, Charlie... for it to have been any other reason to see your cheeky face in a newspaper. So, so sorry

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