Just days after Zane Gbangbola took his 7+ exam, which his parents later learned he had passed with flying colours, pupils at his Surrey school were told the most devastating news.
The lively boy, whose big hair and bigger smile were unforgettable, had become a tragic victim of the worst winter storms in two decades. He was found dead, alongside his collapsed parents, by emergency workers at the family’s Chertsey home during severe flooding in February 2014.
More than two years on, what killed Zane and left his father paralysed from the waist down remains highly contentious.
Zane’s parents, Nicole Lawler, 39, and Kye Gbangbola, 50, believe he succumbed to hydrogen cyanide gas – a poison used by Nazi Germany in its extermination camps. They think it seeped into their house from a nearby lake which they say had, unbeknown to them, been a landfill site decades before.