Tributes paid to teen found dead in Portsmouth park

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a youngster who was found dead in a Portsmouth park.

Jakub Zalewski was a pupil at Miltoncross School in Portsmouth, and was also on a programme at the Harbour School in Milton.

The 16-year-old, whose family are originally from Poland, was found in St James’ Park, off Locksway Road, on Friday afternoon.

His death is not being treated as suspicious, and police are investigating the circumstances leading up to it on behalf of the Portsmouth coroner.

A date for an inquest into the death to be opened has yet to be set.

Meanwhile, the headteachers of both schools Jakub attended have spoken about his death.

Miltoncross School headteacher Fiona Calderbank, said: ‘This is a tragedy and our condolences are with the family, relatives and friends.

‘Staff and pupils have been informed.’

Sally Garrett, headteacher at the Harbour School where Jakub attended a programme of Targeted Mentor Support, added: ‘We’re saddened by this tragic news and our thoughts are with the family and friends.’

The Harbour School is renowned for looking after children with behavioural difficulties, and runs outreach programmes in schools within Portsmouth to help pupils remain in mainstream education.

Cllr Rob Wood, who is Portsmouth City Council’s cabinet member for children and education, said: ‘This is so terribly sad.

‘My thoughts and condolences go out to the parents. It’s vital that we continue to work hard to offer support to youngsters.’

Meanwhile, Jakub’s friends and family continue to leave messages on a Facebook group set up in his memory.

They are also still asking for pictures to be posted on the RIP Jakub Zalewski group which the family can keep to remember him by.

Luke Robinson said on the site: ‘RIP Jakub, we had a good few years together hanging out.

‘Miss you dude, you were a good friend to me.’