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.