A very dear friend, Suella, sent me a message, which had the advice of an old man on dealing with grief.
'Grief comes in waves. When the ship is first wrecked, you’re drowning, with wreckage all around you. Everything floating around you reminds you of the magnificence of the ship that was, and is no more. And all you can do is float. You find some piece of the wreckage and you hang on for a while. Maybe it’s a physical thing. Maybe it’s a happy memory or a photograph. Maybe it’s a person who is also floating. For a while, all you can do is float. Stay alive, although you don’t want too.
In the beginning, the waves are 100 feet tall and crash over you without mercy. They come 10 seconds apart and don’t even give you time to catch your breath. All you can do is hang on a float. After a while, maybe months, you’ll find the waves are still 100 feet tall but they are further apart. When they come they still smash all over you and wipe you out. But in between, somehow you will learn to survive. ‘
For us we know there is a huge brutal storm on the horizon. Between the storms of Zane’s death, the endemic dishonesty and myth making of Carbon Monoxide, our fight to finally get the authorities to admit that ONLY Hydrogen Cyanide was found and next, the pending inquest next year.
My goals are tiny; they might be just to get through this letter or to the end of the day as I know that’s one day closer to seeing Zane again. I dream about Zane and in the morning I lose him again as realisation hits. If people did their jobs properly and put just a fraction of the money into testing the landfill as they have in the self-interested power exercised in trying to silence us, you could all sleep in your beds safely.
It has been 20 months since my precious child’s life was stolen from him and 20 months since I promised that I would never give up, never get tired or defeated and would fight for the truth for the rest of my life if I must. We were called ‘hideous’ in the Coroners court by the Council’s barrister. Are two grieving parents seeking the truth about their child’s death really considered hideous? Surely it is those very authorities that should be working tirelessly with us to unearth the source of this toxic chemical, an official weapon of mass destruction in our neigbourhood. Yet no, 20 months on from Zane’s death and I sit here on what should be his 9th birthday, without a death certificate, without answers, without the opportunity to properly grieve for my child and you read this without protection. A pain that is without mercy, a pain that only comes from a love so pure, so strong as shared between Zane and I. We were best friends, completely devoted to one another. The seven years we shared with Zane were the most profound and most significant of our lives.
Never giving up, never giving in.
Family of 7-year-old who died in last year's flood will not get a special inquest into his death rules coroner
An Article 2 inquest focuses on the European Convention of Human Rights Act, which says that in certain cases the state has a responsibility to protect someone’s life, and in the case of a death, has a duty to hold a more thorough and detailed inquest than is typically held.
Zane Gbangbola, seven, a former pupil at St George’s Junior School in Weybridge, suffered a cardiac arrest at his home in Chertsey after floodwaters entered his family’s home on February 8, 2014.
The family have maintained that poisonous gases from a former landfill site contaminated the floodwaters, causing their son’s death.
Kye Gbangbola, Zane’s father, also suffered, and has lost the use of his legs - something he attributes to the effects of hydrogen cyanide poisoning.
Mr Travers announced his decision after hearing arguments from the family’s lawyer, Leslie Thomas QC, as well as from representatives of Spelthorne Borough Council, Surrey Hire and Sales and Bretts Aggregates.
Mr Thomas, who represented the family of Bobbi and Christi Shepherd who died from toxic gas inhalation following negligence by Thomas Cook, told the court there were 10 parts per milligram of hydrogen cyanide recorded in the family’s home at the time of Zane’s death.
He added that this “real and not fanciful” evidence confirmed the theory of hydrogen cyanide poisoning.
This was rejected by barrister Ivor Collett, representing Spelthorne Borough Council.
He said: “There is simply no evidence of anything dangerous on this land in any way relevant to this inquest.”
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As rescue workers in the Chinese port city of Tianjin searched for survivors this weekend, battling fires still burning four days after Wednesday’s terrifying blast, another threat emerged.
Even as Premier Li Keqiang praised fallen firefighters and the death rose to at least 114, CNN reported, officials and locals also feared that thunderstorms expected Monday afternoon could make the situation even worse.
Soldiers raced to clean up remaining chemicals before showers could create clouds of toxic gas, Shi Luze, the chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army’s Beijing Military Region, told reporters.
Of particular concern were the 100 tons of deadly sodium cyanide stored at two locations on the site, Shi said. Wednesday’s explosion, which shook the city and created massive fireballs many stories high, left un-exploded chemicals exposed to the elements.
“I’m worried,” migrant worker Tian Binyan told CNN. “I heard it’s going to rain later and that would make the air toxic.”
When wet, sodium cyanide releases hydrogen cyanide, a highly toxic gas that can kill within minutes, according to the Center for Disease Control.
But Shi said the chemicals posed no threat to people outside the two kilometer evacuation zone.
“I can responsibly say that there will be no secondary damage to the people,” he said Sunday, according to Reuters.
Despite Shi’s reassurances, however, the situation remained tense this weekend. Rescue workers wore gas masks and hazard suits as they searched the devastation for the dead or injured. And on Saturday, the government evacuated a school near the blast site after a change of wind raised concerns that survivors could be exposed to toxic chemicals, Reuters reported.
Greenpeace said that while early tests suggested the city’s water had not yet been contaminated with cyanide, Monday’s expected rain could set off reactions and wash dangerous chemicals into the earth, CNN reported.
The environmental group has also urged the Chinese government to expand its evacuation zone to five kilometres.
On Sunday, about 100 locals protested outside a hotel where government officials were holding a press conference.
“I’m very worried that these dangerous chemicals will harm my health,” Zhang Yinbao, who works in the chemical industry and lives half a mile from the blast site, told Reuters. “From a legal perspective it’s unreasonable that dangerous chemicals would be so close.”
Liu Yue, who lives 2.5 miles from the blast site, said she was taking precautions.
“I’ve told my parents not to drink tap water,” she told CNN.
Chinese state media sought to downplay the risk of rain, however.
“Meteorological experts say the rainfall will not pose a direct danger to human health, as it has been several days since the blast,” Xinhua reported. “But, if the rain dissolves the cyanide particles on the ground, underground water and soil will be contaminated. The local weather department has devised an artificial rain reduction plan to reduce possible harms to the environment.”
Fears of toxic clouds over Tianjin only compounded the city’s tragedy. Wednesday’s explosion, the cause of which has yet to be determined, killed at least 114 and sent more than 700 people to the hospital.
Nearly 100 people are still missing, most of them firefighters called in to battle the sprawling, chemical-fueled inferno.
Firefighters also make up a sizable fraction of the dead. On Sunday, Premier Li met with injured firefighters and praised their 21 fallen comrades.
“They are all heroes and deserve the respect of the whole society,” he said, according to Xinhua.
At a meeting of rescue organizers, Li also ordered the “swift release of information concerning the explosions in order to let the public know the real picture in timely manner,” Xinhua reported.
“The accident has incurred heavy casualties and taught us an extremely painful lesson,” Li said.
But the catastrophe is the latest in a series of incidents calling into question Chinese safety regulations and government transparency.
After a 2008 earthquake killed thousands of students in Sichuan province, the government was accused of suppressing information and protests by angry parents. Acclaimed artist Ai Wei Wei made the scandal a subject of his work.
In 2011, critics accused the government of covering up a high-speed rail crash that killed more than three dozen.
More recently, China was again accused of withholding information from the public about the capsizing of a cruise ship on the Yangtze River in early June, which killed almost all of the vessel’s 456 passengers.
[China tries to censor a disaster]
This time around, officials have scrambled to show concern. They immediately sent more than military biochemical specialists to the disaster site. And before Premier Li’s visit, President Xi Jinping also vowed a thorough investigation, promising that the responsible parties should be “severely handled,” Reuters reported.
Meanwhile, rescuers continued to comb the ruins for survivors over the weekend.
On Friday, rescuers found a 19-year-old firefighter clinging to life amid the rubble with burns and a cracked skull, according to CNN.
Since then, however, rescue workers have mostly found only the dead — including another firefighter whose body was discovered over the weekend.
“About a dozen other firefighters flanked and stood over the covered body in a solemn ceremony,” CNN reported, citing CCTV footage. “The comrades took off their helmets and bowed four times in a moment of reverence.”
A handful of firefighters carried the body away while the others saluted, before returning to their grim work among the smoldering wreckage.
A full inquest into the seven-year-old's death is not scheduled to be heard until shortly before the second anniversary of the tragedy
An inquest to determine the cause of seven-year-old schoolboy Zane Gbangbola’s death has now been set for almost two years after he died.
Friends and family this morning filled every chair at Woking Coroner’s Court for a pre-inquest review into the death.
About 10 people from the Truth About Zane campaign group gathered at the front of the court before the hearing with placards demanding answers. They wore red and orange flowers, Zane’s favourite, to symbolise the campaign.
In February of last year Zane, who attended St George’s Junior School, Weybridge, was taken to hospital with his mother Nicole Lawler, 37, and father Kye Gbangbola, 48, after being overcome by fumes when the basement of their £1m riverside property in Chertsey filled with floodwater.
His parents were rushed to hospital, where his father Kye Gbangbola would be left a paraplegic due to the effects of hydrogen cyanide poisoning.
Kye, along with Zane’s mum Nicole Lawler, have always maintained their son was killed due to that same deadly gas being released through water contaminated by a former landfill site behind their Thameside home.
Senior Surrey coroner Richard Travers said although a number of experts recently-consulted had come down on the side of carbon monoxide as the "most probable" cause of death, they were not able to be more certain than that.
He said: "There is evidence that hydrogen cyanide was detected at the scene."
However, a pre-inquest hearing at Woking Coroner’s Court on Friday heard Zane’s blood contained only 8% of the toxic gas - fatal levels are more than 50%. Blood levels below 30% is not toxic to humans and people living in any metropolitan area 12% to 15% is normal.
The family’s lawyer, Leslie Thomas QC, said at the hearing: “Can I remind you in this case [that] no carbon monoxide was found at the property. It was tested for and none was found.
"The only evidence of noxious gas that was detected at the property was hydrogen cyanide.”
The court heard how doctors at St Peter’s Hospital had conducted the wrong tests on Zane’s body for hydrogen cyanide poisoning.
“One of the issues in this case is the test for hydrogen cyanide has to be done very timely,” said Mr Thomas.
“There’s an issue whether or not the correct tests were done.
“When this issue should have been at the forefront of those doing the testing, they carried out the wrong tests.
“That in itself is another issue we say this inquest should be investigating.”
Representing Spelthorne Borough Council, barrister Ivor Collett argued only one reading from the fire brigade had shown hydrogen cyanide was present at the property, and said the device used could give a false reading.
“If we stick to the medical evidence of the child, and the feature is we have a very clear picture,” he said.
"Of course, we understand the suspicion of the family and know that it comes from the [hydrogen cyanide] reading. No-one can criticise the family for their suspicion.
"What you don’t have is any evidence at all, medically, of the presence, real or not, of cyanide being a component in the death of the child.”
This was superseded when the pre-inquest review was provided with one of the medical records that shows Kye is diagnosed 'Paraplegic due to Hydrogen Cyanide poisoning.
The pre-inquest review heard how in 2010 the Environment Agency (EA) had "gas-proofed" a lock keeper’s wooden shed it owned, adjacent to the Gbangbolas' home, when it found there was "moderate risk to human health through water from the gravel pit behind". The key context is the 'Moderate' was read out twice by Mr Thomas to mean 'Death and serious harm'
Mr Thomas said: “If the EA was aware of the risks from this land to the extent to protect its own building, should they have notified others and its immediate neighbours?
"You see how immediate Zane’s property is to the wooden lock keeper’s shed.”
But Mr Collett said the protective membrane was a condition of a planning application approved by Spelthorne Borough Council and the risk test was based on assumption.
“The planning condition of such a membrane is standard for any property in a certain distance of a landfill site,” he said.
“The reason for that, frankly, is that it is cheaper to impose as a standard condition than to require testing of the land.
“It’s entirely uninteresting and non-sinister when you look into it.”
On the 28th April 2014 in an email sent by Surrey County Council it states "Think carefully about spreading panic among local residents" in an official statement they went on to say "Abbeyfields is a landscaped lake area as a result of mineral excavation and has never been a landfill site"
In a statement released after the pre-inquest review, Kye and Nicole said it was an important step towards revealing the truth about what they believed happened to Zane.
“We now hope for a full and proper investigation into his death,” they said.
“We are grateful to our legal team for their work so far. We should never lose sight that this is about a little seven-year-old boy, Zane Gbangbola, who died needlessly.
“The Truth About Zane campaign has been arguing that the care of people and public protection is paramount.
“Today Zane should be enjoying his last day of school before the summer holidays but instead we’ve had to endure a pre-inquest hearing into his death.”
Further pre-inquest review hearings were set for October 5 and December 7 this year.
A four-week inquest will open on January 18 2016, with the court not sitting on February 8 or 9 - the anniversary of Zane’s death.
On Tuesday 23rd June 2015, Vivienne Westwood accompanied Talk Fracking to the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar on “Shale gas in the UK: regulation, addressing challenges, and energy security”, at Glaziers Hall, London
We wrote to Chris Smith three months ago asking that he honour his promise of transparency by publishing details of all communications and correspondence from initial meetings with any PR companies, prior to and since the establishment of the Task Force on Shale Gas. Chris and the Task Force failed to respond to our letter, so for three hours, we waited for him to turn up at Glaziers Hall for a face-to-face chat.
We were joined by Kye Gbangbola, the father of Zane Gbangbola, a seven-year-old boy who was tragically killed 16 months ago during floods in Surrey that caused toxic gases from a nearby landfill site to consume their home. Both Kye and Zane suffered cardiac arrest. Zane died later in hospital, while his father Kye remains paralysed from the waist down. At the time of this incident, Chris Smith was Chair of the Environment Agency but he failed to investigate the shady circumstances surrounding Zane’s death. Meanwhile, there is evidence that the Environment Agency were fully aware of the toxic landfill and had protected their own neighbouring property with a gas proof membrane.
Kye told us, “We are begging for answers and transparency about the death of our son. 16 months since Zane’s death, we still have no death certificate, just walls of silence from the authorities. We hope to ask Lord Smith why our beautiful boy had to die through the failure of those whose duty it was to protect him? It’s time for the truth to be revealed and for Chris Smith to come clean about what he knows about the circumstances surrounding Zane’s death.” Last week, Russell Brand came out in support of the ‘Truth About Zane’ campaign in the latest episode of his web series “The Trews”.
Talk Fracking collaborated with Vivienne Westwood’s Climate Revolution for their “Politicians Are Criminals” campaign, and we accused Lord Chris Smith of being guilty of the following criminal charges:
1. Corporate Manslaughter: Whilst head of the Environment Agency, willful failure to comply with the law and test land suspected as being contaminated, leading to the death of 7-year-old Zane Gbangbola.
2. Recklessly Causing Harm: He mis-directed the public with regard to a major hazardous incident that paralyzed Kye Gbangbola.
3. Breach of Duty of Care: He failed to tell the British public the truth about landfill or fulfill his required duty of care, covering up the truth about Zane’s death and failing to protect the local community in Thameside, Surrey from the dangers of poisonous landfill.
4. Conspiracy: Collusion with the fracking industry to water down environmental regulation. He neglected his responsibility to protect the environment when agreeing to intervene with Lancashire County Council over Cuadrilla’s planning permission and conspired to halve the consultation time for a fracking waste permit.
5. Deception & Fraud: Leading the Task Force on Shale Gas, an industry funded PR exercise, to mislead the public about the detrimental dangers of fracking, including cancer and birth defects.
By running away, Chris Smith is doing his very best to evade our line of enquiry and these very serious allegations of deception, but the British public deserve answers and we won’t just go away. Lord Smith is a wolf in sheep’s clothing and his The Task Force on Shale Gas is nothing more than an industry funded ‘astroturf’ PR exercise, masterminded by Edelman PR. Founder of Talk Fracking , Joseph Corre said “make no mistake, this man is guilty of fraud. There’s no independence here. It’s a PR ruse.”
Vivienne Westwood added, “This is the man, as Chair of the Environment Agency, that failed to investigate the shady circumstances surrounding the death of 7-year-old Zane. Chris Smith has convinced the government to rely on the findings of so-called independent reports into fracking, funded by the fracking industry.”
Please sign this petition to help Zane’s grieving parents get justice for the death of their son: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/call-for-a-public-debate-into-the-death-of-7-year-old-zane
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Rev Laurence Gamlen of Holy Trinity Church in Lyne has urged authorities to investigate landfill sites across Britain. By matt strudwick @GetSurrey
Landfill sites and flood water represents a ‘ticking time bomb’ to people living in Britain, a priest has said.
Rev Laurence Gamlen made the claims in a three minute video released by the family of seven-year-old Zane Gbangbola, who was killed on February 8 last year when flood water entered the basement of his Chertsey home.
Zane’s parents, Kye Gbangbola and Nicole Lawler, have always maintained he was killed by hydrogen cyanide poisoning – released through water which they believe had been contaminated by a former landfill site behind their Thameside home.
Rev Gamlen, of Holy Trinity Church in Lyne, where Zane was a member, has urged authorities to investigate landfill sites across Britain.
“The horrifying thing is, what happened to Zane can happen to any one of us,” he said.
“Eighty per cent of people live within 2km of landfill sites. This isn’t just a problem for them, or people here, it’s a problem for everyone everywhere within the UK. Landfill and flood water represent a ticking time bomb to the people of the UK.”
The poignant three minute video also features Zane’s father, Kye, as well as his eight-year-old friend, Dylan.
In the video, Kye is seen holding back tears as he pleads for answers and for a truthful and honest investigation into the death of his son.
He said: “Last year, on February 8, when the country was in flood, our basement was flooded and the fire brigade found a poisonous substance had infused our home.
“Unknown to us, flood water had passed through an unregulated landfill substance, which was found to be hydrogen cyanide. I was resuscitated and woke up in hospital to find my beautiful seven-year-old son, Zane – who I kissed and settled with mummy – had died.
“It was later deemed that I was paraplegic due to hydrogen cyanide poisoning.
“Zane does not have a death certificate or a cause of death, even though he was less than three metres from me.”
A petition calling for a public debate into his death, dismissed by Spelthorne Borough Council last December so as not to inference an upcoming inquest, has so far amassed more than 20,000 signatures.
A pre inquest review into Zane’s death is set to be heard on July 3 at Woking Coroner’s Court.
Zane's Shooting Star 8th February 2015 - As hundreds join Zane's grieving parents to send a loving message to Zane and pay tribute to a very special little boy, see the message they receive back as they let off the last lantern, a shooting star streaks through the sky. Many people were able to see this first hand and thankfully one captured this amazing event on camera. Please watch very carefully 2 minutes in.