Kyle Rees cricket ball death at Dorset school 'was accident'

Tributes to Kyle Rees
Image caption Tanya Cooper said her son Kyle will be "eternally missed"

The death of a Dorset schoolboy who was struck on the head with a cricket ball was a "tragic accident", police said.

Kyle Rees, a pupil at Portchester School in Bournemouth, suffered a head injury during a playground incident on 28 February.

A 16-year-old boy who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter has been released without charge.

Police said they were happy there was no criminality involved in the incident and were giving support to all parties.

Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, headteacher at the school, said in a statement: "We welcome the police's full and thorough investigation and their conclusion into the cause of Kyle's death.

'Kisses and cuddles'

"We now respectfully ask that our school community is left alone so that our students and staff can grieve in peace and begin the healing process."

Kyle's mother, Tanya Cooper, said in a statement issued through police earlier this week: "Words cannot be found to explain how much he loved us or how much love we have for him.

"Our lives will always be emptier without him.

"His energy, laughter, jokes, dancing and his smiles, kisses and cuddles will be eternally missed by us all."

In an inquest opened on Friday, Home Office forensic pathologist Russell Delaney gave the cause of death as a head injury but the court heard further laboratory investigations were continuing.

East Dorset Coroner Sheriff Payne said the boy's death was now the subject of extensive investigations and adjourned the inquest until a later date.

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