Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Boy, 9, dies in swing rope accident in Bishops Waltham

James Bray
Image caption James loved to jump, gallop, compete on and care for his pony Mini

A nine-year-old boy has died in an accident while playing on a swing in the garden of his home in Hampshire.

The BBC understands James Bray became entangled in the ropes of the swing at his home at Beeches Hill in Bishops Waltham on Tuesday evening.

Hampshire police confirmed they were called to the scene by ambulance crews after the boy was found by his mother unconscious and not breathing.

He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

James's mother Sarah Bray, gave him CPR until the ambulance crews arrived but they were unable to revive him.

Medical staff at Southampton General Hospital also tried in vain to save him.

Not suspicious

James lived with his mother and father Richard and elder brother Sam, aged 11, at their large detached house on the outskirts of Bishops Waltham.

He attended St John the Baptist School in Waltham Chase and his family described him as "a busy, active child who loved maths, science and building things".

They said: "He was a member of Solent Riding Club Juniors. His beloved pony was Mini, who he loved to jump, gallop, compete on and care for.

"He was also a member of Ryukin Ryu Karate Club."

His uncle Chris Wheal said: "This is every parent's nightmare. Our family hasn't even started to come to terms with Jamie's death yet.

"Sarah, Richard and Sam will need a lot of space to get over this."

The boy's grandfather, Peter Wheal, said: "We as a family are absolutely devastated at the loss of James."

A police spokesman said there were no suspicious circumstances.

At an inquest opened and adjourned into his death on Friday the coroner said he died from "hanging".

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