Robert Hattersley: Boy’s River Tyne death leaves family devastatedon July 18, 2022 at 2:33 pm

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Robert Hattersley got into difficulty in the River Tyne in Northumberland on Sunday.

Robert Hattersley wears a graduation cap and gown at his schoolImage source, Family handout

The family of a 13-year-old boy who died in a river say they are “absolutely devastated” by their loss.

Robert Hattersley, of Crawcrook, Tyne and Wear, got into difficulty in the River Tyne near Ovingham, Northumberland, at about 16:15 GMT on Sunday.

His family said he was “so kind and loving” and “brought a smile to so many people’s faces”.

Northumbria Police described his death as “absolutely tragic”.

In a statement released through the police, Robert’s family said: “It is impossible to put into words the heartbreak we are feeling – Robert was so kind and loving. We are absolutely devastated by what has happened.

“He brought a smile to so many people’s faces and he will be missed by absolutely everyone who knew and loved him.”

Police, fire and ambulance vehicles at the scene on Sunday

The family also thanked the emergency services and volunteers who searched for and found Robert after the alarm was raised when he went missing.

Northumbria Police said it did not believe there to be any third party involvement and a report would be made for the coroner.

Det Ch Insp Martin Brooks said: “This is an absolutely tragic incident and our thoughts are with Robert’s family at this absolutely horrendous time.

“We will continue to support them in any way that we can, as they attempt to process the events of the last 24 hours.

“I would like to thank every organisation who assisted us with our searches, including all the volunteers.

“Your support is absolutely vital and it is hugely appreciated. It is with great sadness that we could not provide a more positive update.”

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