Teenage boy is found dead in park on estate

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A TEENAGE boy has been found dead in parkland just yards from his home.

Joshua Twigg, 16, was found hanging from a rope swing that was attached to a tree.

Relatives of Joshua, a student at South Downs College, believe he was trying to play a practical joke on his brothers, but the prank went horribly wrong.

Police were called out at about 10.45pm on Monday to Tangley Walk, West Leigh, Havant.

Joshua was discovered with his neck entangled in the rope swing by his brothers, who were returning to the family home in Tangley Walk.

Relatives of Joshua attempted to revive him using mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Paramedics went to the scene and tried to revive the teenager, who did not have a pulse.

He was taken by ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, where doctors continued to try to get him conscious, but he was later pronounced dead.

The death has left his family devastated.

They do not believe he had attempted to take his own life, but that he was playing a prank to surprise his brothers.

The death has left the close-knit community in West Leigh in a state of shock.

Dozens of flower tributes surround the tree where he was found.

Joshua was a former pupil of Prospect School, in Leigh Park, and had been training to be a chef at South Downs College.

He had been at college on the day of his death.

He was due to celebrate his 17th birthday in July.

Friends of Joshua lit Chinese lanterns yesterday close to the tree as a tribute to him.

Police have ruled out any suspicious circumstances or foul play.

They will now investigate the death on behalf of the coroner.

Tim Feltham, a spokesman for Hampshire Police, said: ‘Police were called around 10.45pm on Monday to reports that the body of a teenager had been found in a park area near Tangley Walk, Havant.

‘The body was later formally identified as that of Joshua Twigg, 16, of Tangley Walk.

‘Police are not treating the death as suspicious and are preparing a file for the coroner.’

The family are still waiting for his body to be released by the authorities.

The funeral arrangements have not yet been finalised, but the family are expecting hundreds of people to turn out to pay their respects.