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When the floods came, it wasn't a faulty pump that killed our son... it was deadly cyanide gas: Parents say that leaking landfill site real cause of death - and there's a cover-up
The parents of a seven-year-old boy said to have died due to a faulty pump used at their home during the winter floods, claim he was really killed by deadly cyanide gas leaking from a landfill site.
New evidence has emerged that toxic hydrogen cyanide may have leached from a lake at the back of the home where schoolboy Zane Gbangbola tragically died during the heaviest flooding to hit Britain in 248 years.
His grief-stricken parents now fear there has been a cover-up, as police continue to insist Zane died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a petrol-driven pump at their riverside home, even though the Gbangbolas insist they did not use it.
Meanwhile, Public Health England officials and environmental experts have uncovered evidence of hydrogen cyanide at the riverside property in Chertsey, Surrey, which still remains sealed off six months after the tragedy.
Scientists have told The Mail on Sunday that the deadly gas – used in the Nazi death camps – could have come from the former landfill site that stands just 20 yards from the back of the family’s home, as the rising water table could have pushed cyanide gas up through the landfill soil, generating hydrogen cyanide.
As floodwater clogged the basement, gas bubbles could have risen up into the house with tragic consequences.
The family were rushed to hospital in the early hours of February 8, after a call from Zane’s mother Nicole Lawler, 37, who had found both Zane and his father Kye, 48, unconscious. Zane was pronounced dead on arrival, while medical tests confirmed there were traces of hydrogen cyanide in his parents’ blood.
Kye, a company director, has been left paralysed from the waist down and still attends almost daily hospital appointments. A consultant neurophysiologist has confirmed his medical condition is caused by exposure to hydrogen cyanide.
Firefighters evacuated the area after their personal alarms were triggered by the presence of the gas. A total of 17 people were rushed to hospital and checked for signs of poisoning, but the only casualties were Zane and his parents.
Later the same day, teams from Public Health England (PHE) and the Environment Agency descended, scouring the flood-hit area in biological suits.
PHE has confirmed hydrogen cyanide was present. The couple have been advised not to return home – even to collect belongings or precious photos of their only child.
Yet authorities are now accused of refusing to investigate the landfill site. Meanwhile, Zane’s parents are still waiting for a date to be set for their son’s inquest – despite new rules that mean inquests should be completed within six months of a death, unless there are good reasons for a delay.
More than 10,000 people have signed a petition demanding ‘a national debate’ on the risk of toxic gas leaching from landfills during floods, as Zane’s parents claim they face a ‘wall of silence’ from the authorities.
Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, Kye said: ‘It’s been six months since Zane’s death and people are still at risk. It’s obvious there are powers that don’t want this to come out.’
A million tonnes of hydrogen cyanide are still produced globally each year, and it is used in many industrial processes from paper-making to electroplating metal. Regulations around its disposal are tight, but that has not always been the case.
An initial post-mortem examination on Zane was inconclusive, but his parents say the pathologist was not told to test Zane’s blood for the presence of hydrogen cyanide – which disappears from the body within 48 hours.
According to Surrey Police, further tests have found the cause of death to be ‘carbon monoxide poisoning’.
Yet Kye and Nicole insist there was no possible source of carbon monoxide in their all-electric house. Kye said: ‘How can they say our son died from a substance that was not in our house, yet not look at the substance we now know was and has left me maimed?’
Copy linkSurrey Police released a public statement on Zane’s cause of death less than 24 hours after 800 local residents attended a heated public meeting on the floods, during which suspicions were raised about whether hydrogen cyanide was responsible.
‘The area was landfill from the 1940s until the 1970s,’ said Kye. ‘Nicole and I now cannot live in our own home because of the gas activity that’s been found there. We can’t even go to get our belongings. It is heartbreaking that we are now six months down the line and still have not got to the truth.’
But Surrey County Council insists the former gravel pit site was filled in with building rubble rather than industrial waste before being converted into a lake and field, although some residents claim the area was known as ‘the dump’ for decades.
A joint statement from Surrey Fire and Rescue and Surrey County Council said: ‘Abbeyfield is not a landfill site in the usual sense, it is a former quarry restored as a landscaped lake.
‘The landfill referred to is rubble used in constructing its banks.’
But Kye said that Public Health England (PHE) wrote to him in May, warning him that as traces of the toxic gas had been found in the house, they should not return home.
PHE would not comment other than to say: ‘We have not identified any evidence suggesting there is a public health risk, or hazard to neighbouring properties.’
Last night experts called for a full investigation into the tragedy.
‘Questions need to be answered,’ said Nick Walton, a leading environmental hydrogeochemist with 25 years’ expertise. ‘Almost anything can come up from a landfill site going back to the 1940s. The problem with older sites is we don’t really know what’s gone in there.’
David Rudland, chair of Environmental Protection UK’s land quality committee, said: ‘There are landfill sites that have taken large amounts of industrial waste, including cyanide, in the past, and it’s a possibility that dangerous material could be mobilised if the landfill site wasn’t particularly water-tight.’
Neighbour Ian Berry, 44, a finance broker, told The Mail on Sunday that he was told he may have 15 minutes to live when firefighters knocked on his door at 5am on the night Zane died. He was among the 17 neighbours taken to hospital as a precaution by emergency service.
He recalled: ‘We were woken up at an ungodly hour. Two firemen came and said, “Zane has passed away and Kye and Nicole are in hospital.” I was told by both the fire brigade and the police that it was hydrogen cyanide. The fireman said death happens quite quickly, and that if it was in our blood we had got 15 minutes.
‘I don’t see how they can say carbon monoxide killed Zane. The only thing that could have caused carbon monoxide poisoning is the petrol-driven pump and I know they didn’t use it because I would have heard it.’
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said it would not comment while police inquiries were continuing, referring all questions to Surrey Police. A police spokesman said: ‘There’s no evidence of any wider risk to members of the public.’
"This substance killed Zane and left me maimed. How can they leave it at that?"
Asked if there was any indication of hydrogen cyanide either at the property or in Zane’s blood, the police spokesman replied: ‘I can’t comment on any of the medical testing as that was done externally and by independent experts.
'We go by whatever information is put to us and the result is that the cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning. We can’t comment on [whether the pump had been used or not] as that’s part of the investigation.’
The ex-landfill site is owned by gravel company Brett Aggregates.
Last night, a statement from the firm said: ‘While to date we have no reason to believe there is any link between this site and the awful tragedy that has befallen the Gbangbola family, we have made it clear that we will give complete cooperation to any authorities wishing to investigate the background to this incident.’
Meanwhile, Kye and Nicole continue to fight for answers. Kye said: ‘Zane spent his short life helping others, now Zane needs some help. We cannot replace Zane. But can try to protect others. If we can find answers for Zane, we can protect others.’
This practice allegedly went on about once a month between 1943 and 1947, in unmarked locations, resulting in as many as 100 deposits, with the depth and precise locations unknown.
The poisonous waste is believed to have been buried at the site where over 600 homes are hoped to be built.
Cyanide buried in the grounds of a Second World War engineering works could scupper developments planned in Worplesdon.
Liddington Hall Farm has been put forward as part of Guildford Borough Council’s draft local plan as a suitable location for 625 homes.
But Worplesdon Parish Council maintains the land is unsafe because of around 100 deposits of cyanide buried beneath the surface.
An ex-employee of Martin Harper Engineering Works came forward in 1982 to share information about the firm, claiming they used to dig up areas of the land around the factory and bury cyanide, the waste product made through case hardening, which took place at the site.
This practice allegedly went on about once a month between 1943 and 1947, in unmarked locations, resulting in as many as 100 deposits, with the depth and precise locations unknown.
New homes were built on the site where the company’s offices had stood in 2006, as none of the poison could have been deposited on that part of the site.
In 1983 a report by Norman Payne, Guildford council’s then head of personal services, confirmed there were signs of the poison beneath the ground but the area was declared safe as long as it was undisturbed.
Cyanide usually degrades over time, but Professor Jim Bridges, toxicology expert at the University of Surrey said: “If cyanide is combined with certain metals, as it is in case hardening, and if it is buried in soil, it can be longer lasting.”
This is not the first time this site has been proposed in a planning initiative.
Gaynor White, Worplesdon’s parish clerk said it is "exceedingly frustrating" that the same areas continue to come up over and over again.
She has already passed her concerns on to MP Anne Milton and the parish council is planning a formal response to the draft local plan as it undergoes the consultation process.
In 2008 Guildford Borough Council addressed concerns over cyanide, and claimed that the concentration in the soil was below Environmental Quality Standards and as such would not be a great risk.
But a spokesman for the council acknowledged the continued concerns about the Liddington Hall Farm site and its relation to cyanide.
She said: “As with any development on land that has previously had industrial use, a full investigation and any necessary remediation work must be carried out and before development.
“In 1982, an investigation was carried out on behalf of the council on the land bordering the works, which concluded that there was little evidence of high levels of contamination that would be detrimental to public health at that time.
“Based on this information this would still require a similar condition to the factory site. Any contamination found would need to be treated or removed.”
The proposed site also backs on the Thames Basin Heath, a special protection area (SPA) owing to the ‘mosaic of habitats’ in the area.
In February this year, the High Court ruled in favour of Weald District Council against landowners attempting to build on an SPA as these areas are also protected by European Law.
The council acknowledged this land is within the greenbelt in November 2013 but said there may not be enough brown field and urban land to meet the housing needs.
Original article from GetSurrey
Around 250 people stage a peaceful 'community demonstration' in their campaign for more answers over the death of seven-year-old Zane Gbangbola
Zane was taken ill from the flooded home on February 8 and died in hospital.
Campaigners believe his death could have been down to leaking hydrogen cyanide from neighbouring land which was formerly a landfill site.
Zane's parents, Kye Gbangbola and Nicole Lawler, remain unconvinced after Surrey Police said earlier this month that pathology tests had shown the cause of death was carbon monoxide intoxication.
Kye, 48, and Nicole, 36, were also hospitalised and they say traces of hydrogen cyanide were found in their blood following tests after their home and neighbouring properties were evacuated.
Campaigners at Sunday's demonstration held up a series of banners with messages such as "A healthy little boy is dead. Who will be next?" "Are we safe to live near landfill?" and "Public safety should be the highest priority".
Addressing the crowd outside his home, Kye thanked everyone for their "fantastic" support.
"This is not political, it's about a small boy and truth and justice. We deserve honest answers. It's quite obvious that children do not die instantly in the night for no reason.
"There are no words to explain the pain, sorrow and despair that Nicole and I and you are feeling.
"Nicole and I are just parents trying to do out best to find answers. We are doing what any parents would do for our kids."
Kye said Zane was a "ray of sunshine who always had a smile". "He was surrounded by love, which he exuded back tenfold. The world was a much richer place for Zane in it."
Kye continued: "Zane was only seven and had a promising life ahead of him. No child in the UK should be able to go to bed and not wake up. We say never again."
Kye said the family is not interested in money or blame. "Zane was simply irreplaceable but we do need answers and there are solutions," he added.
"7,000 people have signed Zane's petition and that number is rapidly rising because people will not be fooled by the authority claims. We say don't treat the public like idiots, they know when something is seriously wrong.
"Let's make this gathering the start of change.
"Thank you for listening and thank you for helping."
Among those attending the demonstration were Walton on Thames residents Suella Ritchie, 42, her husband Kevin, 44, and their seven-year-old son Dillon, who was best friends with Zane at St George's Junior School in Weybridge.
Mrs Ritchie said when Zane died Dillion had a lot of questions and was very upset. "He's been very strong about it, although it's upsetting for him because with all the controversy he just wants his friend to be left alone and not having the truth is not fair."
Local vicar Laurence Gamlen also attended the demonstration.
"It's been a really good expression of community concern, which I hope the authorities will take notice of," he said. "I hope it reminds them that this issue will not go away."
Original story from GetSurrey by Stephen Lloyd
Vijay Ganapathy, from law firm Leigh Day, who is representing the Gbangbola family, said: "We welcome this full post-mortem report, which will form part of the information provided to the coroner when the full inquest into Zane's death takes place.
"We will continue to work with the police with their investigations into the causes of this tragedy and who was responsible.
"We await further information provided by other agencies following their investigations, as many questions still remain unanswered into what toxins were present within the property on the night
of Zane's death."
Zane Gbangbola: Poison theory parents want answers
The father of a seven-year-old boy who died in floods in Surrey has said he believes the authorities are trying to stop him finding out what happened.
Zane Gbangbola, from Chertsey, died in hospital in February. His father, Kye, remains paralysed from the waist down.
The family's lawyers say it was an "apparent chemical poisoning" possibly
caused by contaminated floodwater.
Surrey County Council said it would not be appropriate to comment on the cause of death at this stage.
The Gbangbolas' home in Thameside was flooded for weeks in January and February when the River Thames burst its banks.
Zane and his parents were taken to hospital on 8 February after being taken ill. Both father and son suffered cardiac arrests.
Nearby homes were evacuated and 15 people were taken to hospital as a precaution.
Solicitors Leigh Day are now investigating whether the family's house was affected by hydrogen cyanide from a former landfill site nearby.
They claim the colourless gas hydrogen cyanide, which has in the past been linked to historic landfill sites, was found by the fire and rescue team called to the house.
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has not commented to the BBC.
"I am broken, emotionally as well as physically," said company director Mr Gbangbola.
"I don't worry too much about myself - it would be wrong considering what happened to my son.
"Zane was always a happy, fun, extremely talented special ray of sunshine."
A post-mortem examination found no clear cause for Zane's death and an inquest was opened and adjourned pending the results of toxicology tests.
The local authority said on 28 April that the Abbeyfields site near the family home was a landscaped lake as a result of mineral excavation and had not been used for landfill. It warned against spreading panic among local residents.
But a historic landfill site is shown on the Environment Agency's website.
Mr Gbangbola said: "It seems as though the various agencies involved are actively working against providing any information and that should cause some concern as to the trust the public should have."
Surrey County Council said in a statement: "Police are investigating this sad case and are waiting on the results of tests so it would not be appropriate to speculate on the cause of death until they have them."
Public Health England said in May: "Public Health England has not identified any evidence suggesting there is a public health risk, or hazard, to neighbouring properties."
Neighbour Carol Bartlett said she believed there was a cover-up.
"The longer it goes on the more momentum it gathers," she said.
"A lot of people are really concerned - not just neighbours but people who live locally."
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Update: Thank you and keep commenting and supporting. So far we have confirmation from 4 Agencies that Hydrogen Cyanide was in the house the night Zane died and that there was never any carbon monoxide. However these Agencies are doing their utmost to not tell the public or investigate properly, leaving local people at risk. The agency perspective is the avoidance of national hysteria over the possible risk posed by contaminated sites. Our personal investigations have revealed the field and lake 6m away that look so idyllic is actually contaminated but this did not show in environmental searches. In short it appears the agencies to protect us believe the truth will do more harm than good. To them Zane seems to be considered collateral damage. If you find this unacceptable and would not accept this cover up if it were your child this happened to, then please get involved and help us get justice for Zane. Our beautiful Zane should be here enjoying his life playing with mummy and daddy and friends.
There is an act called the Environmental Protection Act, it is clear what government department is responsible. We can not fight this alone, help us to get the truth by keeping up the pressure. Places that you and your friends can comment are http://bit.ly/1kzqV0m these sites monitor responses, the greater the responses the more the news papers will support the cause. For those that are construction minded a great link for comment is bit.ly/1oW83ZN and for those that would like to know more see www.truthaboutzane.com
again we would be pleased if you could leave comments on getsurrey or here.
Thank you, Kye and Nicole xx
Yomi Molake 10:12 AM on 26/5/2014
It is very clear that the threshold for a thorough investigation has been met and that Surrey Council and/or the Government
( Environment Agency) are duty bound to conduct one.
The true cause of Zane's death should not be covered up. The Council and the Government owe it to Zane, his parents and everyone to reveal the true cause of his death. There can be no justification for hiding the truth. Hiding the truth is wrong, and certainly is no justifiable way to protect those who have suffered a great loss and pain. However uncovering the truth will at least provide answers and relief to ease their pain. It is also in the public's interest to ascertain the true cause of Zane's death.
Dave Fisher 10:13 AM on 26/5/2014
There was a tragedy on the 8th of February in the midst of the Chertsey floods.Zane, a young boy so full of life and promise, died. Kye, his father is still very ill, cannot walk far and cannot stand for very long. Most of his moving about is done in a wheelchair. Zane’s mother, Nicole, was also affected, though mercifully less severely. Their grief and suffering has been made much worse by the wall of silence surrounding the events of that day, built by those who should be offering humane help and support. Instead they act in a most insensitive manner and somebody seems to be under orders to keep things quiet.
We know what happened from the professionals who were present on the dreadful day and from the medical profession but the Surrey Police claim not to know this. We don’t know quite why it happened and Surrey Police claim not to know this either and definitely don’t want to tell us. They are supposed to be grown up and speak for themselves but somebody in authority is frightened and under pressure to keep quiet. Who’s pulling their strings?
By their silence those in charge of Surrey Police have let down their own Police Force and have painted a very poor picture of policing in the United Kingdom.
Worse still, they have let down the “ordinary coppers on the beat” who so often give us that same humane help and support when we have difficulties. They should be setting them a professional example not training them to sow seeds of confusion and invite speculation.
As a result of their silence, speculation is rife in the community, tales that would be a credit to the brothers Grimm are circulating freely and all because they have failed to release the Truth About Zane.
Surrey Police are discredited as a competent body. Nobody will now believe anything they say. If they issued a statement saying that it was raining we would all have to go outside and have a look…Could do better. Tell us the Truth About Zane.
Anoop Hothi 6:30 AM on 26/5/2014
What ever happened to promoting 'the three pillars of sustainable development'?
This stinking cover-up by no good local and national authorities and govt bodies is scandalous! What kind of country are we living-in where the death of a 7 year old child goes unanswered for almost 4+ months?!
The authorities need to realise that their 'wall of silence' is shambolic and those of us with enough common sense can see right through it.
These two-faced authorities need to come clean so lessons can be learnt, and most importantly, much needed and overdue action can be taken to deal with contaminated land immediately...and then lock them all up (those persons within the authorities trying to cover this all up) and throw away the key.
Angelique Richards 12:24pm on 25/5/2014
Why why why have Nicole and Kye not had answers. It is bad enough that they are in so much pain over the loss of Zane and they don't know why. It is disgraceful and unacceptable that someone at the Environmental Agency knows about the landfill site and has not provided answers as to why contamination wasn't revealed by the environmental search when Nicole and Kye bought the house back in 2004. When was it put on the records, what changed to cause a neighbours search and a recent search to show contamination, why weren't they told of the change. They need answers as to what happened. This should never have happened. Someone needs to hold their hands up, not tomorrow, not next week or another 17 weeks time NOW.
Nicole and Kye you have my full support.
Suella Ritchie 3:52 PM on 25/5/2014
The authorities, council and anyone else involved in this cover up should hang their heads in shame. No one should loose
their life through negligence but to then try have this covered up by the 'criminals' is totally unacceptable. Kye & Nicole will not stop, neither will the strong force of family & friends behind them. Zane's life is too precious to us all, we will fight for justice and prevention of lives being lost in the future!
Paul Marsden 1:16 PM on 25/5/2014
The CEO,s Of Surrey County Council and Spelthorne BC David McNulty and Roberto Tambini should realise whilst their officials make contradictory claims over contaminated land, a Beautiful, Talented, Fun and Fit 7 year old has lost his
Are you executives going to ignore this ?. Provide the data and the monitoring to the community and Family.
Laurence Gamlen 12:50 PM on 25/5/2014
Having seen a copy of the environmental search for Thameside that clearly demonstrates the land is designated
contaminated, I find it hard to accept Surrey County Council's 'head in the sand' attitude saying that there is nothing to be concerned about. If that is the case, please provide the evidence. In the meantime SCC have joined with the Police in saying very little. This incident happened in early February, we are now at the end of May and many important questions are still left unanswered.
Time for answers and enquiries, please so that this tragic event can't happen again.
Liz Gamlen 12:28 PM on 25/5/2014
Its time for those 'in the know' to show compassion to a heartbroken family. The truth about Zane is within your gift.........please exercise your responsibilities with humility and kindness.
Debbie Carling and Family 5:58am on 25/5/2014
Zane's house is empty with a danger sign across the door, flowers are still being left for him. Kye and Nicole are on the most dfficult journey, one that we cannot even image. The truth about what happened to Zane and has made Kye so ill must be released. This wall of silence is imply unacceptable. We must all help Nicole and Kye find the truth.
Liam Cullen 11:09 AM on 25/5/2014
It is unbelievable that any parents should have to fight this hard just to find out the cause of death for their child. The amount of anguish and suffering they are being put through by the local authorities is despicable and the very least they deserve is to know what led to the loss of their son and an open and full explanation as to why it has taken this long for them to be told.
Isobel Treasure 2:26 AM on 25/5/2014
It is about time we found out the truth about what happened. You are not telling me that in this day and age we can't
find out answers, not only for Kye and Nicole but the rest of the community who are still in shock at the loss of a lovely, healthy, happy little boy. Every day I look at my 3 children and wonder....
Thinking of you Kye and Nicole everyday and Zane, who will never be forgotten
Shaun Fothergill 8:17 AM on 24/5/2014
It beggars belief that Nicole & Kye are still waiting for answers. What can possibly be taking this long? Plus who will be the next child or adult to be affected or even killed by Hydrogen Cyanide on this clearly contaminated land? Where is the contamination coming from, how far does it spread and what can we do to protect our community and loved one?
Claire Cookson Nee Cullen 7:28 AM on 24/5/2014
We must all support Nicole and Kye, they deserve to be told the truth! This couple have been forced to face the most
tragic situation parents could possibly face, to not be given answers just compounds their grief further. If this has happened to their family there is no reason why it wont happen to others. We just can't allow this to happen.
Nicole and Kye are wonderful, caring, compassionate people always giving to others, it is now our time to support them to find the Truth About Zane. Our love and thoughts are with them both.
Paul Marsden 11:52 PM on 24/5/2014
Why is it a family has to go through this torment just to find out the truth!!! 17 weeks and still no answer to the cause
of young Zane's passing, 17 weeks and still and Kye is still unable to walk. Truth About Zane will Not Go Away a grieving family needs answers, To the agencies and government bodies, YOU NEED TO STAND UP AND STEP FORWARD WITH THE TRUTH !!!
Vicky Radburn 9:40 PM on 24/5/2014
How can this be aloud to go on , kye and Nicole should have had answers weeks ago. A loss of such a beautiful boy and why is there not a panic to find out why. This is putting more people at risk.
Lots of love to kye and Nicole, zane is always in our hearts.
April-Louise Pennant 8:43 PM on 24/5/2014
And after all of this time, there are still no answers about the tragic loss of my little cousin's life.It is crazy that his parents are still suffering and been kept in the dark!Something needs to be done.We will never give up.
Lydia Gamlen 7:11PM on 24/5/2014
It is so wrong that Kye and Nicole have had to keep pushing forward, at an unbearably painful and difficult time, to try and
obtain the TRUTH about what happened to their precious son. How can this happen in England in 2014? How can anybody be certain that this won't happen again?
When will Zane's parents be able to move home?
And why are the investigative agencies charged with protecting us WITHHOLDING information that is not only needed by Zane's parents, but by the general public?
All of our children are at risk when one healthy boy dies with supposedly no answer, this cannot happen again.
Ralph Evans 5:24 PM on 24/5/2014
I cannot believe that in England today this is allowed to happen. A wonderful child has lost his life and his father is paralysed. And 17 weeks later the family still has no answers about what caused this tragedy. We need to know who is responsible for this cover-up and make sure it will never happen again. We need to know that the people in charge of our safety are doing their jobs and not hiding the truth. Let Nicole and Kye and the public know the truth! We will continue this campaign till we get the answers - as long as it takes!
Evamaria Friedli 4:46 PM on 24/5/2014
After so many weeks Nicole and Kye still have no answers what caused their wonderful and lovely son's death and Kye's
illness. It makes me speechless. But we will not stay quiet. We want answers and, like Kye and Nicole, to make sure that this is not going to happen again.
If the agencies, that are trying to hide the truth, think we will give in if they let us wait and wait, they're wrong. The longer it
takes the louder we will become with our call for answers! We owe it to Zane and all the other children and families that might be affected to a later date by this cover-up.
Kye and Nicole have my full support - for as long as it takes to find the TruthAboutZane!!
Martin Elliott 3:46 PM on 24/5/2014
Why no mention of the Coroner's officers investigations for Zane's inquest ?
Zoe Blackmore Evans 3:34 PM on 24/5/2014
The loss of Zane has impacted everyone that knew him. Nothing will bring him back but the fact that the cause of death is
being covered up is disgusting. We all need justice for Zane. The truth will come out sooner or later and Nicole and Kye have my support. As a family we will fight for the truth!
Joanna Fernandes 3:09 PM on 24/5/2014
Such a tragic loss of a beautiful little boy. It is absolutely shocking that Nicole and Kye still have no answers and are having to fight so hard to reveal the truth. I urge everyone to show their support in the quest for the Truth About Zane.
Carol Bartlett 11:17 AM on 24/5/2014
17 agonising weeks and still no answers, my heart aches for Kye & Nicole. We will never tire in our search for finding
the truth. To the agencies who have failed in their duty to protect, a public inquiry is called for!!
Emma Natalie Dawn Hourican 12:32PM on 26/5/2014
So important for the family who have suffered a tragic loss to find out what happened! Thinking of the family at this difficult time and think we should definitely find out the truth about Zane!
Ileana Olympia Polycarpou
It's important for this family who have suffered such a tragic loss to be provided with some answers. Not only so that they can begin to understand what happened but also so as to make sure that others in the area and all over Britain are not at risk. My thoughts are with Kye and Nicole at this difficult time
Keith Beaumont-Martin 9:00 AM on 26/5/2014
It is absolutely shocking that after all this time, there is still no cause of death for Zane. The question is "WHY" have the authorities not considerable more, or even anything!! to help Nicole &Kye to find out the truth behind this horrific tragedy. The anguish and torment the family are being put through can not be put into words. We "ALL" need to support this cause #TruthaboutZane# TAZ. Answers are needed, this family cannot fight this alone!!
Thinking of you Kye and Nicole everyday and Zane, who will never be forgotten. xxx
ITV News' Luke Hanrahan reports
The parents of Zane Gbangbola have spoken of their pain to ITV London as they continue to wait for answers over their son's death.
The seven-year-old died after suffering a heart attack at their home in Chertsey, Surrey during the floods in February.
His father Kye Gbangbola suffered a cardiac arrest and remains paralysed from the waist down.
"I'm broken literally. I don't know how to assemble any kind of focus on life and what it's about. It's something which is truly just unbearable for us," Mr Gbangbola said.
"No-one should experience going to bed laughing, joking as we always did in our house and wake up like this."
Police, unable to establish what happened to the family, have referred the case to the Home Office who have failed to provide any answers yet.
A Surrey Police statement said: "The investigation into Zane's death remains on-going. A post-mortem examination carried out on Tuesday 11th February did not establish a clear cause of death and we await the results of further tests which are expected to take a number of weeks.
"It would be wrong to speculate on the cause of death at this stage. Officers continue to provide updates to Zane's family. We fully appreciate this is difficult time as we wait for updates."
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A Company Director who has been paralysed from apparent chemical poisoning, which also killed his son, has started legal action in a bid to find answers to what caused both him and his son to suffer cardiac arrests and to, in his own words, 'protect his neigbours'.
7-year-old Zane Gbangbola has been described in tributes as a truly wonderful boy. Zane was our reason to exist say his parents, he was a kind, loving, funny child with a beautiful smile. He was held in high regard by his school and has received fine tributes from his Headmaster and teachers across the school.
In the early hours of 8th February 2014, Kye Gbangbola, Zane, and Zane's mother Nicole Lawler, were all taken ill at home in Thameside, Surrey.
An ambulance was called and all 3 were taken to hospital. Both Kye and Zane had suffered cardiac arrest. Zane died later in hospital, Kye remains paralysed from the waist down.
The incident occurred during the floods, which consumed the area earlier this year. Surrey Fire Brigade attended and found Hydrogen Cyanide.
Mr Gbangbola believes there needs to be a thorough investigation into the potential effects of recent disturbances to a piece of neighbouring land which has now been discovered was formerly a landfill site.
Lawyers for the couple are now investigating the possibility that the house had been affected by hydrogen cyanide, as found by the fire and rescue team that attended the incident. Hydrogen cyanide is a colourless gas, which has in the past been linked to historic landfill sites.
Mr Gbangbola's lawyer Vijay Ganapathy, from law firm Leigh Day, said:
"There seems to have been a rush to judgement that this was Carbon Monoxide poisoning. There is a possibility that floodwater could have come through the contaminated land and into Mr Gbangbola's house.
"We understand that the presence of Hydrogen Cyanide necessitated the clearance of neighbouring properties and a public health warning for those in the area feeling unwell to seek urgent medical assistance.
"If this is the case then many more people could be at risk and a full investigation of the ex landfill site needs to be undertaken as a priority"
Mr Gbangbola said:
"We have very real concerns for the welfare of our neighbours and the wider public in flood affected areas/regions as well as burning questions which come when you lose a child inexplicably.
“We are not looking for someone to blame; rather, we are looking to understand what happened and whether this could happen again.
“There can be no stone left unturned when dealing with such potentially fatal consequences."
Over 300 mourners including the Surrey Fire Brigade, who Mr Gbangbola thanked during the service for their honesty and support, attended Zane’s funeral service held on The 19th April.
The Reverend Laurence Gamlen, of Holy Trinity Church in Lyne and Longcross said:
"But it was both hoped and expected that the agencies charged with carrying out this complex enquiry would do so with expediency, integrity and with due regard to the feelings of those most closely affected by this tragic event.
"It is a matter of concern that Kye and Nicole's grief is being compounded by the fact that the circumstances and the cause of Zane's death have still not been disclosed to them."
A website called Truth About Zane, www.TruthAboutZane.com has been set up to campaign for more information and answers about his death.
Mr Gbangbola said: “We would like anyone with information to speak to Leigh Day in confidence, it is essential agencies that are meant to protect the public do the right thing. Walls of silence and misinformation are unhelpful to finding the truth about Zane, and protecting those at risk. Do not allow a child’s death to be swept under the carpet.