Our precious child Zane, should have been 12 years old on Sunday 21st October, it is a time when many of his little friends are celebrating their birthdays and we soundly appreciate the happiness this brings, as this would be our only wish at this time; for our boy and his friends to all be celebrating and sharing these happy occasions together.
Zane being poisoned in a house infused with the nerve agent; hydrogen cyanide detected by specialist HAZMAT at 'Very High Levels', and the misdirections that followed have created a different world view for us.
We are left to mourn the beautiful times we had with our boy, his fearless endeavors at Go Ape on his 7th and last birthday, his looking forward to F1; as Zane was a special member of Brooklands Clubhouse from where he loved to cheer Lewis Hamilton around the track. Zane loved it when he went to Asia; indeed he simply loved meeting people wherever he went; neighbours, school, church, and the dojo for Tai Kwon Do leading the Creed. As many parents, we had hopes and dreams for Zane, he was one of us, by that we mean one of that group of people that care about the other human beings around them. Zane had chosen this caring path early in life. Just taking a short period before his death Zane had helped the charity the Samaritans prepare for Christmas dinner, he helped found his great schools Eco Team, and was interviewed about why Sustainability is important in which he explained that we liked to look after our garden, but the world s one big garden that we are all responsible for. Zane cared about his neighbours and wanted them to be protected from the local flooding, so he came to a small community meeting that reached out to authorities to act on these concerns, we were not to know just hours later Zane would pay the ultimate price; the injury and death he was keen should not happen to neighbours through authority failure to listen to repeated community concerns over flood protection.
Zane's death was preventable, and the truth of what happened was known, notified, and reported on the day. The truth about Hillsborough was also known on the day and it should not have taken 30 years to bring those responsible to justice following a flawed inquest. As the RH Andy Burnham pointed out to Parliament they should hang their heads in shame at the injustice done to Zane as he stands as a man of integrity, strong in his support of truth for Zane.
In addition to support from RH Andy Burnham and the Labour Party standing in support for Zane to have an Independent Panel Inquiry (which is how Hillsborough got the truth), unions, political parties, the public, celebrities, and organiations are also standing up in support, also appalled at the blatant injustices and blatant abuse that litters the Zanes case. The Mail on Sunday headlined this wicked abuse as 'The Most Toxic Cover Up of Them All'.
As we approached Zane's Birthday the Green Party Annual Conference unanimously passed a motion in support of TruthAboutZane. It was the final and a most memorable motion; emotional for leaders within the Party who were keen to reveal the truth, the facts, and protect the public from the ticking time bomb that landfill represents. http://www.truthaboutzane.com/updates/the-green-party-pass-emergency-motion-backing-truthaboutzane
Unions get it, they are also passing motions of support for TAZ and are building their own energy, momentum, and leadership, to obtain an Independent Panel Inquiry for Zane, and protect members, and the wider public at risk. Great unions traditionally amongst the greatest defenders of rights and justice like the Public and Commercial Services Union, UNISON, and our very great Fire Brigade Union are at the forefront. These voices, and the growing wider public, we give thanks to on Zane's Birthday; thanks to you we have some space to feel our heart felt memories of Zane, and hope that, together, we will ensure Zane's legacy is one of truth. It is this hope that is something positive to celebrate on Zanes Birthday.
We loved seeing your little face as you beamed with joy all kitted out in all in one green fatigùes as a warrior soldier running purposefully through the woods on a mission. You loved playing football with your friends, Quadbiking, indoor climbing walls, reading your Roald Dahl collections, hilly walks, rolling in piles of leaves shed from our trees in the garden having jumped from the seat of your swing which swang from the tall Sycamore. You loved playing chess and would win with that glint of fun in your big brown eyes. You loved seaside fish and chips in the summer, and playing in the snow with 'mummy daddy' in winter, and your treat of going to school on your bright red sledge powered by mummy.
For years you would impress us and passers by with your bike stunts and tricks; the passing fire engines and their smiling crew would slow down to watch this cutsey; curly haired little boy, full of the joys, riding up and down the footpath in front of the Thames doing his stunt show. Big Foot Sasquach; your new BMX, had just arrived it, it turned out to be your last big Christmas present. The day of your maiden ride you were beaming with pride, then out of the blue up pops a young boy who asks if he can have a go. I was not surprised when you gladly handed him the bike saying 'you have a go'. You loved your bikes but you cared about people more.
Please raise a glass to Zane on the 21st October, the greatest gift remains the support of people that want to do the right thing. If you could help us get more signatures, by forwarding the petition to more people that can help and support, this would be very much appreciated, the petition is at http://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/truthaboutzane
The power of love is greater than the love of power and this will drive us to ensure the truth will win.
Justice for all, not just the few
fitting the final act of The Green Party conference to pass emergency motion backing @TruthAboutZane campaign. Also backed by @pcs_union and @fbunational. Both @jon_bartley & @natalieben have also backed. #gpconf – At College Green
Novichok emergency vehicles buried near village of 13,000
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed that some vehicles had been buried at Wingmoor Farm, about two miles from Bishops Cleeve, Gloucestershire. A spokesman said: “Following review by specialist teams, some of the vehicles involved in the response to the incident in March have been moved to a hazardous waste landfill site. Our priority is making sure that the identified sites are safe, so they can be returned to use and Wiltshire can get back to normal.
“There is absolutely no risk to the public of using hazardous waste landfill sites. These locations are fully sealed and highly regulated to ensure waste is disposed of safely. This is controlled by regulation, overseen by the Environment Agency, which specifically ensures that sites are not prone to flooding or other hazards.”
Tony Mackinnon, a member of Bishop’s Cleeve parish council, said: “I would have thought the risk to the public is vanishingly small.”
PRESS PAUSE: "This is controlled by regulation, overseen by the Environment Agency, which specifically ensures that sites are not prone to flooding or other hazards.” Mmmmmm! The EA who protected their own property next to Zane's Home and watched as the ‘historic landfill’ (unregulated and unsealed) flooded. Point here also proves even the safest of regulated sites pose a danger when flooded.
Zane died, Authorities lied
to read full article in The Times; click here >> https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/novichok-emergency-vehicles-buried-near-village-of-13-000-pf9wk3vxq
Please watch the 20 minute abstract from BBC The Secret Life of Landfill: A Rubbish History
The Home Secretary has said yesterday the couple exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in Amesbury were exposed in an area that hadn't been part of the clean-up following the Skripal's poisoning months before.
But Sajid Javid also said, "It is completely unacceptable for our people to be either deliberate or accidental targets, or for our streets, our parks, our towns, to be dumping grounds for poison."
Yet little Zane's death continues to be kicked into long grass when, The Nerve Agent Hydrogen Cyanide was detected in his home. The Environment Agency protected the property they own next door with gas proof membranes 4 years prior after commissioning reports which showed migrating gases that would ‘kill or cause serious injury’ to occupants, due to the close proximity of the abutting historic landfill site.
Zane should be graduating junior school today, which is another raw, and painful milestone denied him. So many lost moments, dreams, aspirations.
If you’ve lost a loved one, a milestone event such as leaving junior school trigger a new wave of grief.
Unfortunately, our culture teaches us we’re supposed to grieve quickly and move on with our lives. Zane’s parents have not only suffered the loss of their precious child, the paralysis of Zane’s father and the long drawn out fight for truth. For them, grieving hasn’t even started yet. Victim blaming, authorities protecting reputations over truth and the financial crippling from being denied legal aid 3 times, are all compounding factors.
Zane’s mum describes grief, as a sign of how much Zane was deeply loved. How Zane could not have been loved more and how every second without him is a moment lost.
Zane’s school included a memorial for Zane during the leavers assembly where in a beautiful and highly moving speech, one of his best friend read of Zane’s many achievements and how their love and friendship has no boundaries. Zane’s Eco Award was given out and the school has a beautiful eco garden dedicated to Zane called ‘Zane’s Garden’
The power of love is stronger than the love of power.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd went on record stating that the government respond to evidence not rumour in the case of the Russian's found unconscious. Like Zane's case, a toxic chemical weapon was detected, there have been two emergency cobra meetings and government scientists from Porton Down investigating the scene, yet why didn't the government do the right thing with little Zane? Why kick Zane's death into the long grass?
Here is an example of how supporters are helping. Today we received a copy of a letter sent to Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
Dear Ms Rudd
We await a response. We await a truthful investigation and we await the Truth About Zane. Little Zane deserves nothing less.
Without help like Barbara's we fight alone. Please let us know if you can do anything to help push forward truth and justice for Zane.
Today the 8th March 2018, marks 49 months since Zane was killed. What is significant about that, you may ask? Well, for Zane's parents, it's been 49 months since their world came to an abrupt stop and there precious boy was killed. Since that moment on the 8th February 2014, Kye and Nicole have spent every day since fighting for truthful answers,
A highly toxic chemical nerve agent was detected in their house by emergency HAZMAT and government scientists took over the property yet that information was never made public.
Having established that the nerve agent Hydrogen Cyanide, which was used in the gas chambers during the second world war, was the cause of the symptoms….why did all the walls come down and the theory of CO released into the public as speculation.
Amber Rudd went on record yesterday stating that the government respond to evidence not rumour in the case of the Russian's found unconscious. Like Zane's case there have been two emergency cobra meetings and government scientists from Porton Down investigating the scene, yet why didn't the government do the right thing with little Zane? Why kick Zane's death into the long grass?
Zane's mother speaks to LBC Shelagh Fogarty, you can listen to the full 10 minute interview here
As the three years before Zane’s third memorial, Nicole and I have continued to fight for truth. We appreciate that some would like an update, so here are some of the things that have been happening in the last year in our fight for Zane.
At the very heart of this all is a deeply loved little boy and if it takes us 40 years of fighting then so be it. The truth will always win in the end.
Landfill: A Toxic Ticking Timebomb http://www.talkfracking.org/slider-3/landfill-a-toxic-ticking-timebomb/ via @talkfracking
This article has come to our attention. Excellent work and great to have others standing up for Zane in a world where you can feel so alone when fighting for truth and justice.
"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are"
Thank you all for your continued support. It will be 4 years on the 8th February since Zane was killed and the family will be holding a memorial to remember their precious and much loved little boy, Zane. Please let us know if you would like to join us.
You can’t claim to care about the environment, care about the next generation and then let chemical contamination pollute our homes and kill our children.
The UK government have today set out their 25 year Environmental Plan in which they confirm that they have a role in protecting and improving the environment both at home and abroad. Despite the Tories’ promise to be the “greenest government ever”, we’ve had seven years of failure, one precious child’s death and four years of fighting for a truthful and transparent investigation into the death of Zane Gbangbola during the 2014 floods when groundwater from historic landfill rose inside his Surrey home during the night. Hydrogen Cyanide was detected and Zane was killed, his father paralysed.
Theresa May defends her government saying they are serious about improving the environment. The plan spans 151 pages and pledges to “show leadership on conservation, climate change, land use, sustainable global food supplies and marine health.
“A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment” sets out how over the next quarter of a century the government will achieve:
Chapter 4: Increasing resources efficiency and reducing pollution and waste
2. iii Publishing a Chemicals Strategy
2.iv Minimising the risk of chemical contamination in our water. …. Chemicals get into our water
via a wide range of sources, including water treatment plants, use of agricultural pesticides,
abandoned infrastructure such as mines, atmospheric deposition and road runoff. We want to
tackle risks from chemical contaminants in English waters, including groundwater, and make sure
that levels of contaminants entering fresh water bodies (which may be transported to coats and
seas) neither increase nor give rise to pollution. . . As well as source control mechanisms actions
to manage prioritised substances will range from environmental interventions around pathways-to-
the-water environment; point source controls; and taking no further action where controls already
exist that can address concerns.
5. Using resources from nature more sustainably and efficiently.
6. Enhanced beauty, heritage and engagement with the natural environment.
“In addition, we will manage pressures on the environment by:
7. Mitigating and adapting to climate change.
8. Minimising waste.
9. Managing exposure to chemicals.
Chapter 6: Protecting and improving our global environment
3.ii Protecting and managing risk from hazards – We will develop methods to identify substances
of concern; our aim is to substantially reduce deaths and ill-health arising from hazardous
chemicals and waste
10. Enhancing biosecurity.
Tackling a Green Brexit and housing, the plan promises to:
- deliver a Green Brexit by consulting on a new environmental watchdog to hold government to account for environmental standards, and setting out a new approach to agriculture and fisheries management
- seek to embed a ‘net environmental gain’ principle so development delivers environmental improvements locally and nationally, enabling housing development without increasing overall burdens on developers.
The plan is vague on how the goals will be measured and enforced, saying ministers will consult on a new independent body to hold the government to account. It has been met with some caution by environmental groups such as WWF and Greenpeace, and criticised by Labour and The Green Party.
May was Home Secretary during the floods of 2014 at the time of Zane’s death and the emergency COBRA meetings, and one of her first acts as prime minister was to write to us, Zane’s parents, to refuse to meet with us regarding our son’s death.
Will the government put its words of environmental protection being at the heart of the strategy into action where it counts, and deliver the social justice they promise?
If Teresa May wants to persuade people this is more than green washing and government spin, she needs to immediately grant an independent panel inquiry into the death of 7 year old Zane. You can’t claim to care about the environment, care about the next generation and then let chemical contamination pollute our homes and kill our children.
Legal Aid Agency refuse to grant family legal aid for inquest